Angel Gomes’ influence in the Lille side looks to be growing with every passing game and French defenders are now starting to feel the brunt of the maestro’s creative talents.
Playing out on the left-hand side, the 21-year-old helped the reigning Ligue 1 champions win back-to-back matches for the first time this season after seeing off Strasbourg 2-1 at the weekend.
Former Manchester United youngster Gomes played a huge part in that win and tormented Strasbourg from the very first whistle.
Lille’s number 20 who regularly came off the touchline to get on the ball, played a perfectly weighted pass into Jonathan David in the seventh minute, but the Canadian’s strike was saved by Matz Sels.
David eventually put his side ahead following good work from Timothy Weah.
But it was all about Gomes for Lille’s second goal, the former Manchester United wonderkid showcased all of his technical qualities to carve Strasbourg apart.
Talented centre back Sven Botman won back possession for his team before playing the ball into Gomes, the attacking midfielder had the awareness to see a player was right behind him and took the opposing player out the game with a deft little flick.
After a quick one, two with David, Gomes played an inch perfect pass into the path of Weah, who was fouled and David scored his second from the penalty spot.
Gomes was replaced shortly after the hour mark with his side two goals to the good.
His team did concede but they did manage to hold onto a 2-1 win which took them up to ninth place and three points off the Champions League spots.
Similar to United, Gomes and his teammates are in Champions League action this week. The French side travel to Salzburg tomorrow where they will be looking to build on the point they got against Wolfsburg.
Gomes is starting to shine in France and his importance to the Lille team will continue to grow. He’s already one of their key players, but if he continues to produce moments of magic like he did against Strasbourg, he will become Lille’s star man very quickly.