By Angu Lesley
Carlos Noom Baleba, the teenage sensation of Cameroon descent, made his senior debut for LOSC Lille, on Sunday afternoon as the Lillois hammered Auxerre 4-1 at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
The midfielder came on as an 86th-minute substitute for Adilson Angel Abreu de Almeida Gomes as he enjoyed a cameo role.
Balepa, who moved to France earlier this year, was quite impressive with the first team during pre-season.
Baleba arrived in January and joined the reserves, since then his career has been on an upward trajectory.
Noted for his trickery and intelligent balls in pockets of spaces in the midfield, Baleba is increasing looking like a pivotal player for Lille in the weeks ahead.
A brace from Jonathan David, who benefitted from assists from Remy Cabella and assisted Benjamin André plus a goal from Algeria’s Akim Zedadka for Lille had just one reply from Gaëtan Charbonnier.
In Baleba’s six minutes plus added time on the pitch, he did show a bit of his qualities stabilizing Lille’s play to get the three points in the bag for Paulo Fonseca’s men.
The 4-1 win puts Lille among the early leaders going into their matchday two fixture away to FC Nantes of Jean Charles Castelletto on Friday.
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