After Bourg – OL (CDF) : Rayan Cherki, the youngest scorer in the history of OL
An incredible precocity
A native of the Gallic capital born on August 17, 2003, Rayan Cherki put on the jersey of Olympique Lyonnais for the first time in Ligue 1 against Dijon. Having arrived at the age of 7 at the club from AS Saint Priest, he passed through all levels quite quickly. Last year, he had an incredible season, showing impressive evolution. He started with the U17s in the play-offs, continued his journey in the Coupe Gambardella and quickly joined the U19 squad. He became the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Youth League. He would even make a few appearances at the end of the season with the National 2 group. Doubly promoted, Rayan Cherki thus had the unanimous approval of the Academy coaches who see exceptional potential in this young striker.
A spectacular profile
Very comfortable technically, skillful in front of goal and a skilled dribbler, the youngest player in Ligue 1 in history has a playing profile which is likely to appeal to football lovers. The Lyon striker, able to shoot with both feet, has a very punchy style of play. Comfortable in attack and always involved at the heart of the game, he has an uncanny ability to go past his opponents. His futsal training allows him not only to be technically superior but also to move very intelligently on the pitch.
The confidence of Rudi Garcia
Courted by the biggest European clubs during the summer transfer window, the Lyon prodigy decided to stay at Olympique Lyonnais. In July, he signed his first professional contract for a period of three years. Unused by Sylvinho, he made a good start to the season with various groups in the Academy. With the arrival of Rudi Garcia, the number 18 from Lyon joined first team training. Indeed, the new Lyon coach had evoked this sort of promotion upon his arrival, that of his desire to train the young people of the training center. "I think it’s in OL’s DNA," he said. Today, Rayan Cherki is regularly called in to work with the first team and this first goal rewards several years worth of work. Note another first in this beautiful evening for Lyon, the first goal at the professional level for Maxence Caqueret who has also won the confidence of the coach to integrate into the first team. It's a new year, and 2020 has started well for the young academy graduates.
Âgé de 16 ans et 140 jours, @rayan_cherki est devenu le plus jeune buteur de l'histoire de notre club avec sa réalisation lors de #FBBPOL ! 👊— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) January 5, 2020
Il devance Laurent Sevcenko (16 ans et 289 jours). 🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/Id4a7JPXN4
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