At just 17 years of age, Eliesse Ben Serghir wasn't expecting to be thrust into the Ligue 1 Uber Eats limelight, but after his exceptional debut in Auxerre, he was the man of the moment for AS Monaco! We sat down for a chat with the principality club's promising young gun...
A month after his first professional appearance, in the Europa League, it was in Burgundy that AS Monaco young gun Eliesse Ben Seghir was given was given his chance in Ligue 1 Uber Eats, tasked with changing the course of a stalemate with AJ Auxerre at the Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps.
At half-time the Saint-Tropez-born teenager replaced Wissam Ben Yedder…
"We are a team, a club, that gives young players their chance," AS Monaco coach Philippe Clément told the Ligue 1 Show on beIN SPORTS. "We give players their chance when they deserve it. Eliesse had been training and performing very well in friendlies in previous weeks, and we're very happy with what he showed out there."
And what Ben Seghir showed won't soon be forgotten!
Just 13 minutes after coming on, he was picked out by Aleksandr Golovin and netted a fine goal with his left foot!
Auxerre then equalised, so Ben Seghir wound up again, this time with his right foot - wrapping up the three points in spectacular manner!
"I'm happy that my players can shoot with both feet," said the Belgian, clearly proud of his young charge's He has two very good feet, that's a fact!"
Not since 1995 has a 17-year-old scored twice for Monaco, when a certain Thierry Henry gave a glimpse of the glittering career to come!
The younger brother of Marseille's Salim Ben Seghir, Eliesse arrived in Monaco in 2020 and made the most of the World Cup break to break into Philippe Clement's first team plans.
Since that remarkable performance, the teenager has started all of Monaco's games... Are we witnessing the emergence of another gem in Monte Carlo?