One of the most promising teenagers of Nigerian descent on the books of a big five European League club, Lesley Ugochukwu was impressive as Stade Rennes forced PSG to a 1-1 draw on Sunday night, Futbalgalore.com.ng reports.
Under the orders of manager Bruno Génésio, the French-born youngster entered the game as a substitute in the 61st minute as a replacement for Clement Grenier as Rennes draw with PSG in a French Ligue 1 match held at Roazhon Park on Sunday.
The Franco-Nigerian is the third youngest player to feature in the French top-flight in 2020-2021, behind SCO Angers’ Mohamed-Ali Cho (16 years, 7 months and 11 days) and Lyon’s Rayan Cherki (17 years and 11 days).
Blessed with excellent physical attributes, powerful and tall for his age, Ugochukwu has been likened to former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira.
On the advice of his Nigerian father, the central midfielder wanted to represent the Golden Eaglets at the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup but did not get a call-up two months before the start of the tournament in Brazil.
He signed his first professional contract with Rennes in July 2020, a deal keeping him at The Red and Blacks until 2023.