Timothy Weah is the son of soccer royalty. His father, George was one of the great talents of the 1990’s, winning the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 1995. Despite his personal success, George, who hails from Liberia is arguably the greatest player to never appear in a World Cup.
The younger Weah surely hopes to avoid his father’s fate. Merely a year ago, the thought of Weah not being on a future World Cup roster was an almost blasphemous idea.
In 2018, Weah had established himself as one of Paris Saint-Germain’s top prospects and was thought of as an American sensation. He even made his international debut in March of 2018, in a friendly against Paraguay. The forward’s ability and potential eventually earned himself a loan move to Scottish side Celtic in January of 2019; where he won a league title. After impressing there, Weah continued his momentum with a strong showing at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, where he contributed two goals and two assists in five matches. A transfer from PSG to Ligue 1 runner up and Champions League qualifiers Lille seemed to cement Weah as a burgeoning star. But, as Weah’s stock seemed to be trending toward an all-time high, injuries would take their toll.
Weah’s debut season at Lille has been hampered by injuries, limiting him to only three appearances and under 90 minutes of gametime. The 20-year-old starlet was in the midst of his second appearance when an injury to his left hamstring caused him to miss nearly six months of action. Within 15 minutes of his return in February, Weah had torn his right hamstring. This, along with the sudden emergence of young American attacking talent like Gio Reyna, Ulysses Llanez and Gianluca Busio, has caused Weah to become forgotten by many.
But even with Weah’s injuries, he is still a top talent. He’s emerged from one of the world’s best academies and has been highly thought of within the American ranks for a long time. Weah’s barely concluded his teenage years and already has eight appearances for the United States National Team. He’s expected to be a factor for America at the 2021 Olympics and a strong showing could go a long way towards a roster spot at the 2022 World Cup.
Weah may not be thought of as the prodigy he once was hyped up to be, but he’s a high-upside athletic attacker who can play in various roles. As long as he can stay healthy, this is a talent that will one day re-emerge to be a valuable part of the United States National Team.
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