On Thursday, the day after a very disappointing and underwhelming scoreless Ligue 1 draw at home to Amiens, the official Lyon website published an interesting article. It was entitled: Cherki, the light in the dark. The piece highlighted the impressive entrance into that game of 16-year-old Rayan Cherki.
The OL academy prodigy came on in the 66th minute and created more chances and brought more spark than the rest of his teammates combined in 90 minutes. He hit the post with a remarkable volley and forced Regis Gurtner into a great save from his long-range shot.
He brought a lot of energy. He was dangerous and dropped deep to get the ball and create danger,” manager Rudi Garcia said of his teenage charge after the game. “He has so much quality.”
After the final whistle, the boos rained down from the disheartened supporters, but not for Cherki. He received an ovation.