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Weah scores third goal of season for Lille

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Timothy Weah’s good run of form for Lille continued on Wednesday with the American forward adding to his goal tally this season.

Weah got the start for Christophe Galtier’s side at Montpellier and scored the opening goal for the Ligue 1 club in an eventual 3-2 win. It was Weah’s third goal in his last five combined appearances for Lille, continuing what has been a stellar run for the U.S. Men’s National Team forward.

The 20-year-old broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute after a great run upfield and a superb finish under pressure. Xeka’s through ball allowed Weah to break the Montpellier backline, before poking a shot past Jonas Omlin and into the back of the net.

It was Weah’s second league goal of the 2020-21 season after scoring the insurance goal in a 2-0 road win over Dijon back on December 16th.

Despite seeing Montpellier hit back twice in the second-half, Lille would steal all three points with Burak Yilmaz’s 86th minute finish proving to be the winning goal.

Weah would play 75 minutes for Lille in the match, completing 73% of his passes and also making two recoveries. His strong run of form has helped Lille remain near the top of the Ligue 1 table, drawing level with leading Lyon on 36 points.

The club will head into a winter break before returning to league play on January 6th against Angers.

 

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  1. Was he playing as a winger, because he was clearly smack dab in the middle on this run. He looked off sides, but that’s academic. Importantly, he started and scored his 3rd in 5 games. He keeps this up and his future looks incredibly bright, as does that for the USMNT.

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    • From the YouTube highlights, Weah appeared to have lined up at the right wing position. On the Lille’s opening goal, Weah also came into the middle from the right side. The commentator called Weah was barely onside on the play. Keep it up, Weah!

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    • He’s been playing as RM or LM since November after coming in as a CF early on. Lille has been using David or Yilmaz up top with Ikone or Yazici who are more attacking MF or W. Yilmaz has been their best goalscorer but they rotate the 35 year old striker to keep him fresh. They are using the 2nd forward as more a string puller so Weah has found minutes in the wide role. Araujo has been hurt for most of December so that’s also freed up minutes on the wing.

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  2. Weah getting quality minutes consistently is a huge step for him and for the USMNT heading into 2021. For him personally, he’s showing the quality that had many clubs interested in signing him. And at 20 there is still a ton of opportunity for him to improve.
    For the USMNT this really bolsters the depth of the attack. Tim can play across the attacking line. He can be either a rotational starter (cover for injury/suspension) or he’s that spark off the bench.
    If we get Musah to commit we’ll have 4 solid attackers able to step into the starting XI (Pulisic, Musah, Reyna, Weah) with a decent group of back-ups (Uli, Morris, Mueller, Boyd) who can help us through CONCACAF level opponents.
    Just need that go-to CF to emerge to really finish off the attack for us.

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    • Also, he seems to have more speed than Sargent who seems to be emerging as a hold up forward. They will complement each other well with Weah stretching the back line and Sergent finding the gaps he creates.

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      • Yes. Weah is faster but Sargent is the more complete CF. Weah’s strength is using his size and speed going forward. Weah doesn’t like to play with his back to goal. Weah has been used more like a wing-forward at the U20 WC and at club.

  3. If he can break through on the McKennie/Dest level then I feel like we will have something of an insurance policy in case Pulisic is unavailable in WC 2022 or 2026. (Yes, I know they are different players. Just thinking in terms of collective team offensive fire power.)

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    • I certainly hope the Chelsea and USMNT medical staff and physio sooner or later will eventually figure out a solution on how to balance and manage Pulisic’s playing minutes to keep our nation’s best player more durable and reasonably healthy. It will be overly pessimistic to prepare for any players unavailability due to injuries. Weah, Brooks, Mckennie, Adams, Steffen, Morris, Sargent all have had their own share of injury history.

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