Youth Movement: Weah overshadowed by Nigerian phenom in Lille debut

Tim Weah started the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season at new club Lille with a 2-1 victory over Nantes before 34,494 fans at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

With Lille forwards Loic Remy and Luiz Araujo both suspended, Weah started as the withdrawn striker behind 20-year-old Nigerian Victor Osimhen, who stole the show with both goals in a brilliant performance.

Osimhen had won the Golden Boot in leading Nigeria to the 2015 Under-17 World Cup title and was transferred from Belgian club Charleroi in July.

Highly regarded Turkish international Yusuf Yazici, Lille's third summer signing in attack, came on in the second half for Weah, who received a grade of "4" (out of 10) from L'Equipe for his quiet performance.

With Jonathan Ikone and Jonathan Bamba on the wings and Osimhen, Yazici, Remy and Araujo in the attack, Weah will face plenty of competition for playing time at Lille, which will be playing in the Champions League.

Elsewhere ...

-- Weah's U.S. U-20 World Cup teammate, Uly Llanez, scored two goals and added an assist in Wolfsburg's 5-1 win over St. Pauli in the Bundesliga U19. It was Llanez's competitive debut at Wolfsburg, which signed him in April when he turned 18.

-- Also in the Bundesliga U19, 16-year-old Gio Reyna scored a goal in the first minute and added an assist in the second minute in his debut for Borussia Dortmund in its 9-2 win at Wuppertal. The star was 14-year-old goal machine Youssoufa Moukoko with six goals.

-- Other Americans making their Bundesliga U19 debuts were Travian Sousa with Hamburg (8-2 winner over Chemnitz) and Matthew Hoppe with Schalke 04 (2-1 loser at Borussia Moenchengladbach).

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Photo: Philippe Lecoeur/FEP/Panoramic/Icon Sportswire.

1 comment about "Youth Movement: Weah overshadowed by Nigerian phenom in Lille debut".
  1. Peter Bechtold, August 12, 2019 at 2:02 p.m.

    Love to read about the success of American youngsters in W. Europe. Thanks.

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