​Leny Yoro, 2nd youngest Mastiff in history in L1

Lille supporters discovered a new face on Saturday in the 78th minute of OGC Nice-LOSC (1-3). Leny Yoro, 16 years, 6 months and 1 day appeared for the very first time in an Uber Eats Ligue 1 game, becoming one of the youngest Dogues to play in the first division.

The last Mastiff to be launched among the pros the year of his 16th birthday was named Eden Hazard, propelled into the deep end by Claude Puel on November 24, 2007, near Nancy at 16 years, 10 months and 17 days. The latter was then ahead Oumar Dieng, inducted into the professional league on November 25, 1989 (LOSC-Brest, 1-2) at 16 years, 10 months and 26 days. But the youngest Lille resident to have worn the pro jersey in the first division is none other than Joël Depraeter (who will later take the name of Joël Henry), who was 16 years, 3 months and 29 days old when he made his big debut in D1, in 1978.

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Always in the radius of precocity, remember that the youngest scorer in the history of LOSC among the pros remains Kevin Mirallas, May 17, 2005 (LOSC-PSG, 1-0) at 17 years, 7 months and 2 days. By a good fifteen, he is ahead Arnaud Souquetscorer in the UEFA Europa League against Slavia Prague (1-5) on October 1, 2009 at 17 years, 7 months and 19 days.


Member of the U17 group at the start of the 2021-2022 season, Leny Yoro quickly joined the U19 group, first in the league, then in the UEFA Youth League (4 appearances) when he was not yet 16 years old. A few months later, the U17 international signed his first professional contract with his training club. Because Leny is a LOSC child. Born in Saint-Maurice (Ile-de-France) and came to football at UJA Alfortville, he settled with his family in Villeneuve d’Ascq from 2012, continuing his career at VAM. Five years later, at the age of 12, he joined the pre-training of LOSC where he was then able to continue his progress with seriousness and regularity.

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