What to remember from Cherki’s Lyon years, followed by PSG?

As revealed by L’Equipe and confirmed by RMC Sport on Wednesday, Paris Saint-Germain have made Ryan Cherky their priority attacker in attack for this winter’s transfer window. After breaking many early records on his debut with Olympique Lyonnais, the pure product of the Rhone team struggled to please his successive coaches.

This is the little transfer window bombshell of the day. As revealed by L’Equipe and confirmed by RMC Sport on Wednesday, Paris Saint-Germain have targeted Ryan Cherkin to offset Pablo Sarabian’s move to Wolverhampton. If the sum has not been filtered, the first offer was made in Lyon. 18 months after the end of his contract, OL have not completely closed the door on the departure of their jewel, but he is still a favorite of the Lyon community due to his early age.

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At the beginning of 2019, the phenomenon of early puberty

Because considering Cherky’s first professional years in an OL uniform is partly to compile the records broken by the 19-year-old right winger, born in August 2003. In November 2019, a month after his Ligue 1 debut, Rudi Garcia forced him to play in the Champions League against Zénith St. Petersburg, making Czerki the second-youngest player to make his debut in the competition (16 years and three months).

Two months later, in January 2020, he continued to break records by scoring his first professional goal in a 7–0 thrashing of OL at Bourg-en-Bresse in the round of 32 of the French Cup. Thanks to this achievement, he became the youngest goalscorer in the history of Olympique Lyonnais in official competition at 16 years and 140 days, breaking the record of Laurent Sevchenko, who scored in D2 at 16 years and 289 days. In December 1984. .

Recital against Nantes in the French Cup

And “Cherki hype” will not end there. Two weeks after his first goal with the big boys, he gave himself a real recital against Nantes in the round of 16 of the French Cup. In La Beaujoire, Cherki lights up the meeting with his talent with a double, two assists and a penalty in less than two minutes, all for a classification (4-3) for his team. A meeting that signals the youngster’s entry into the big leagues, we think.

But the trajectory of the native of Lyon will not be so linear. Despite a new record in the Champions League Final 4 in the summer of 2020 (the youngest player to take part in a match in the final stage of the competition, at only 17 years old), Cherky will have to wait until September 2020, that is, nine months. Months after his performance against Nantes in the French Cup, his first duty in Ligue 1. In this 2020-2021 season, which many expected to be an explosion at the highest level, he made 30 appearances in all competitions. Rudy Garcia’s bookings are just eight times. Later, his lack of realism (4 goals, including three in the French Cup) began to be highlighted.

First signs of irritation under Peter Bosz

Despite the arrival of Peter Bosz in the 2021-2022 season and his establishment from day one, Cherki spent most of his time off the bench as the most disturbing player. During this training session, he started only seven times out of 20 games he played. First of all, a fractured metatarsal bone in February 2022 sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

Frustrated by the lack of time under Bosz, Cherki also showed the first signs of frustration. After a match with the France U23 team in September last year and still out of action after a month and a half of competition, he was let go. “I tell myself that my time will come someday. I’m patient, even if impatience starts to arise. But I don’t think he (Peter Bosz) thinks I’m a joker because I work every day. And in my writing, I try to show that I can bring a lot to the staff of my club.”

His coach’s response sounds like a kind of denial. “I know he’s very popular, it’s great for the fans and Ryan. I look at who we can win matches with, three days later in the press conference slips from Bosz. If I think it’s with him, he’ll play. If I think we have a chance to win more with another player , he will be the other player.” The message was sent.

Restarted by Laurent Blanc

Bosz went down ten days after this episode due to OL’s lack of results, it was Laurent Blanc who inherited the Lyon nugget. The French technician will soon understand that he has a different player on his hands. From any point of view. “He’s a lad full of quality but not always putting in the effort at the right time and in the right place,” Blanc elaborated after the youngster came on from Lyonais at the end of the match against Nice in November. God knows. “You have to take the lead with him. This is not a problem. I will take the lead with him without problems, he is a talented player.”

Czerki, who has been restarted by Blanc since his return from the post-World Cup break, has made five starts in the last six games and is currently in excellent form. Symbolically, perhaps when he finally finds his cruising speed under the colors of his coaching club… he’ll ditch the latter to start a whole new challenge.

Felix Gabori RMC Sport journalist

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