With Kylian Mbappé, Edinson Cavani and Neymar for competition, the path to first team football is steep. At least for Timothy Weah, comparisons to world class players are nothing new. 25 years after his father George’s Ligue 1 debut, Weah junior finally broke through in Paris this March as Unai Emery looked towards youth to support his first team around Champions League fixtures.
Prominent in PSG’s UEFA Youth League team and the USA under age sides, Weah’s brief Ligue 1 cameos proved lively playing in his preferred central striker role. The pacey and direct 18-year-old can also be deployed on the right wing and like his father, has an eye for goal and a powerful shot but, for now, remains a little raw – confidence not always matching execution. Decision-making and consistency of finishing remain areas for development.
Despite Thomas Tuchel’s appointment, Weah remained central during pre-season, expertly rounding off a swift counter against Bayern before scoring in the 4-0 Trophee des Champions win over Monaco and ambushing Caen keeper Brice Samba for his first league goal on the opening day as a late sub. However, Weah became isolated as PSG struggled at Guingamp in August before being dragged off at the break. He has not made the 18 since with Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting’s arrival and others returning from World Cup holidays but remains a regular with USA’s senior side, tallying eight caps to date.
Despite clear talent, Weah, for now, should not be seen as a Moussa Dembélé replacement, nor an upgrade on Odsonne Edouard, but given time that may soon change. As Brendan Rodgers said, he’s hungry.