Forgotten Chelsea man inspiring unlikely Ligue 1 title charge to keep Kylian Mbappe at bay
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Forgotten Chelsea man inspiring unlikely Ligue 1 title charge to keep Kylian Mbappe at bay

Nov 6, 2023

Kylian Mbappe has scored ten goals in ten Ligue 1 games this season but Paris Saint-Germain are not top of the table.

Instead, a Nice side inspired by a forgotten Chelsea academy star are keeping the French giants at bay.

Boga has been at the centre of Nice's stunning start to the season

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Boga has been at the centre of Nice’s stunning start to the seasonCredit: AFP

Jeremie Boga has been involved in three of Nice’s last five goals as their unbeaten start to the season continued on Sunday.

The 26-year-old opened the scoring at Rennes to bag his second goal of the 2023/24 campaign.

It is something of a renaissance for the Ivory Coast international, who had been tipped for superstardom at Stamford Bridge.

Boga was part of a golden Chelsea generation which dominated the youth football scene during the 2010s.

The forward was arguably the most highly-rated player in a team which included Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Fikayo Tomori, Andreas Christensen and Tammy Abraham.

His teammates eventually broke into the Blues’ senior team before moving to some of the biggest clubs in Europe – but Boga’s career never took off.

His one Premier League appearance came on the opening day of the 2017/18 season against Burnley, but it lasted just 18 minutes as Gary Cahill’s early red card meant Boga was substituted.

After a number of loan spells, he was eventually sold to Serie A club Sassuolo for £3.5million in 2018.

Big things were expected of Boga [right] at Chelsea

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Big things were expected of Boga [right] at ChelseaCredit: Getty

Boga scored 18 league goals across a four-year spell at Sassuolo before joining fellow Italian side Atalanta.

The winger registered four goals and six assists in one-and-a-half seasons at the club before Nice signed him for around £15.6m last summer.

It has been a long time coming – but the Chelsea academy star is finally fulfilling his potential at the elite level as Nice’s unlikely title charge continues.

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