Journalist Said Chelsea Are “Observing” French Teenage Prodigy Who Has Been Hailed By Mbappe
The Blues have been linked with a number of players from the Ligue One side, including fullback Malo Gusto, and Pratley says they have also been “observing” Cherki’s recent performances:
Whilst scouting Malo Gusto, Chelsea have also been observing Castello Lukeba and Rayan Cherkhi. Lukeba has been watched by several top clubs but Lyon are reluctant to entertain offers. His contract expires in 2025.
— Rob (@RJPJournalism) December 20, 2022
Cherki has made 75 senior appearances despite still only being 19 years of age. When he first made his breakthrough in 2020, none other than PSG’s Kylian Mbappe singled out the teenager for praise:
Faut pas trop lui parler d’âge hein 🙃. @rayan_cherki https://t.co/lqZ6ihu600
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) January 18, 2020
The literal translation is “don’t speak too much about age”, which would be better interpreted as meaning that ‘age is just a number’.
Cherki is normally used as a number 10 or on the right side, but he will be seeking to increase his goal and assist totals. He currently has a goal involvement every 3.4 matches, which isn’t terrible, but he is more likely to receive a huge move if he becomes a more dangerous threat in front of goal.