Manchester United’s former wonderkid came off the bench to score a screamer from distance in Lille’s 2-0 win against minnows Pau FC in the fourth-round of the Coupe de France on Sunday.
The 22-year-old’s stunning strike from distance was his third goal of the season, and he’s also provided two assists.
The England Under-21 international has started 18 of Lille’s 19 Ligue 1 matches under Paulo Fonseca so far this campaign.
Having opted to leave Manchester United on a free transfer in the summer of 2020, six months after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had signed fellow attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes, Gomes’ brave and courageous decision to cut ties with the Red Devils looks to be paying off.
Former Manchester United whizkid’s wonder strike catches Victor Osimhen’s attention
Having spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Portuguese side Boavista, Gomes has already racked up 50 appearances for Lille across the last two seasons.
Lille’s number 20, who made ten first team appearances for the twenty-time league champions, has already comfortably surpassed his game time in Ligue 1 for last season (953) having played 1,445 minutes of football with the second half of the 2022-23 campaign only just starting.
The former Manchester United Academy graduate’s eye-catching goal prompted a response from one of the deadliest finishers in world football.
Gomes’ Instagram post received two fire emojis from Napoli marksman Osimhen.
The 24-year-old, who scored 18 goals in 38 appearances for Lille before joining Napoli, is on Erik ten Hag’s radar, according to The Telegraph, as the former Ajax manager looks to sign a big name striker in the summer.
The 23-time Nigeria international is spearheading Napoli’s title charge and he has 13 goals from 15 Serie A appearances this season.
Luciano Spalletti’s side sit top of the table and are 12 points ahead of reigning champions AC Milan who sit second.
At the age of 24, Osimhen has his best years ahead of and he’s only one goal shy of matching his best goalscoring campaign looks set to be comfortably surpassed this season.
If the Nigerian striker fires Napoli to the Scudetto, leading the line for Ten Hag’s Red Devils could well be an appealing new challenge for Osimhen come the summer.