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Ligue 1: Rayan Cherki stamps his feet in Lyon but has yet to convince


The young 18-year-old striker must still take his troubles patiently to gain playing time in Lyon, which goes to Montpellier this Sunday (5 p.m.).

Four goals with the France Espoirs team, a double against Brondby (3-1) Thursday in the Europa League ... Rayan Cherki continues the dazzling to try to convince his coach Peter Bosz to make him play more in Ligue 1, like Sunday in Montpellier (5:00 p.m.). In a Lyon workforce where the competition in attack is fierce, the 18-year-old player must indeed take his trouble patiently, especially as his performances in the league did not allow him to upset the hierarchy. On November 11 in Grenoble, the young striker outclassed in the Espoirs (under 21) challenged Armenia with the France team: he did not miss the opportunity to regain confidence in the position of attacking midfielder, in support of the attacker, with a goal from a free kick and with a rather successful performance (7-0). "

It is a pleasure to evolve in my real position, the one where I feel the best.

I think it was seen through my performance,

”said the striker after the meeting against the Armenians, as a message to Bosz.

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Of course, it's very positive. We must not stop at this. Nothing can be taken for granted because I have scored four goals in three matches. We must continue to work to follow up and take the maximum pleasure,

”he added. The young striker trained at OL had also scored against Serbia (3-0) and achieved a double against Ukraine (5-0) in October ... Performance hailed by the Lyon coach. "

Yes, it's good for him to take minutes (of playing time, editor's note) because with us, he didn't take a lot,

" Bosz admitted in mid-October. “

It's important for a youngster to play. I choose the players who allow me to win the matches. I see his training, how he comes into play and even the international matches.And then I choose

", He argued, saying"


"that Cherki wants to play more.

Precocity records

Thursday, in the Europa League against Brondby, the striker was titular for the fourth time this season, the second in C3, in a strongly reshaped Lyon team. This European meeting allowed him to beat yet another precocity record, that, at 18 years and 100 days, of the youngest OL player to have scored a double in the European Cup, the 2nd youngest French after Laurent Paganelli (17 years, 332 days). He is also the earliest Olympique Lyonnais player to have scored a professional goal, in Bourg-en-Bresse (National) in the 32nd finals of the Coupe de France (7-0), on January 4, 2020, at 16 years and 140 days. Since then, he has also been the first to reach thirty matches, at 17 years and 173 days.

There is always room to do better and Rayan has a lot of room for improvement.

He is only 18 years old.

Peter Bosz

But despite his double Thursday on three attempts, Rayan Cherki was not completely convinced.

Those two goals were important for us but with all my players I'm being honest.

There is always room to do better and Rayan has a lot of room for improvement.

He is only 18 years old

”, recalled for his part, Peter Bosz.

Can he now be a serious contender for a place as holder?

It will depend on his performance.

In the first half, he was not very good, like the team, especially on pressing.

It was not, before the break, what I expected

”, tempered the Dutch coach.

Like his predecessor Rudi Garcia, he expects more from Cherki in the collective effort, from the one who is presented as a prodigy but who still has everything to prove.

And Lyon has no time to waste anyway: hampered by overflowing supporters and the final interruption of its match against Marseille last weekend, OL are only 10th with 19 points (one match less) before facing Sunday Montpellier (9th, 19 pts) in an already crucial duel in the race for Europe ...

Source: lefigaro

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