the impressive ascent of Castello Lukeba

What’s next after this announcement?

Immersed in one of its worst seasons for several years, Olympique Lyonnais is lost in the middle of the Ligue 1 table and in the inconstancy before a crucial game to aspire to play a European Cup next year, against Strasbourg this Sunday (7:00 p.m.). But faced with this dangerous situation, the Rhône club saw Castello Lukeba emerge. At the age of 19, the young Lyonnais immediately established himself in OL’s central defence, with a maturity and ease on the pitch that was more than astonishing.

Launched for the first time against Brest (1-1) and Angers (1-1) during the first two days, the French international Espoirs logically did not satisfy. But later, Peter Bosz trusted him against Brondby, in the Europa League (3-1), and since then he has only returned to the bench four times until today. Him to the point of going ahead of everyone in the hierarchy, including Jason Denayer and Jérôme Boateng.

an impressive ascent

His precociousness and his sense of the collective force the Lyon fans to make an easy comparison with Samuel Umtiti, the other left-footed centre-back who left OL’s training center and became world champion in 2018. A rise in power that impresses his trainer. “He’s very consistent, that’s good for a young player. But even there, there are things he needs to do better, that’s normal. But we are very happy. It is more difficult, when you are 18 years old, in central defense because a mistake is expensive.explained last February.

In his appearance before the press this Friday before the reception of Strasbourg, Castello Jr. returned to this phenomenal first season, after this tie obtained at West Ham, in C3 (1-1). “It’s a great experience, it’s my first professional season, there was a great atmosphere. I had a lot of fun. The English teams put a lot of intensity and we had to respond to what they offered. I would have preferred to leave London with victory.”He explained.

OL already secured his jewel

«Playing matches in Ligue 1 makes you progress. I made progress in all areas (tactics, technique), it’s another world. I try to concentrate on what I can do, but in football things go fast. I stay focused and I don’t get angryadds the 19-year-old defender. I’m still learning, but I’m doing the best I can. I want to run for a starting position, that’s my goal. Playing games in Ligue 1 helps me. I think I have improved in all areas, tactically and even mentally.»

If Lukeba assures that he is not yet a real starter, Olympique Lyonnais is counting on him for next season. The French central defender has extended his contract with Lyon one more year last January, that is, until 2025. And while Jason Denayer is nearing the end of his contract and Jérôme Boateng’s physical situation is not improving, Lukeba should be, at just 19 years old, the new boss of the Rhône hinge. OL would also point to Issa Diop to support him Starting next summer…

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