Who is Timothy Weah? The PSG starlet touted as the future of U.S. soccer
Timothy Weah made his Paris Saint-Germain first-team debut last week at just 18 years old.
The striker, born in February 2000, replaced Giovani Lo Celso in the latter stages of the Ligue 1 leaders' 2-0 victory over Troyes on March 3 in what promises to be the first appearance of many for the youngster.
But who is he, and what can we expect from the supposed future of U.S. soccer? Goal takes a look.
Who is Timothy Weah?
Born in New York, Weah first played for Rosedale Soccer Club in Queens. He later signed for U.S. Soccer Development Academy team Blau-Weiss Gottschee and then joined the New York Red Bulls academy for a year before leaving for Paris.
“I didn’t want to stay in America because the level in Europe is much higher,” he told Les Titis Du PSG in 2016. “I chose PSG because it’s the biggest club in France and for a young guy like me a chance I couldn’t turn down.”
Weah made an immediate impact in the French capital, scoring a hat-trick on his first outing for the Under-17s in the UEFA Youth League.
Weah was handed a long-term professional contract with the club and was fast-tracked through the youth sides before being handed his first-team debut by Unai Emery in PSG's 2-0 victory over Troyes.
The 18-year-old, an explosive forward, had just 11 minutes to make his mark on his Ligue 1 debut and had his opportunity to open his first-team account within minutes of coming on.
Weah raced through on goal before opening his body and striking at Troyes goalkeeper Erwin Zelazny, with Dani Alves eventually tucking the ball into an empty net from an offside position.
Though he was eligable to represent France, Jamaica, and Liberia at the international level, Weah opted to play for the United States.
Weah has been involved throughout the you levels of American soccer and has been touted as a player who can help the progression of the game in the States, alongside Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic.
Who is George Weah?
Timothy's decision to leave New York for Paris sees him follow in his father's footsteps. The Liberia international signed for the Parisian side from Monaco in 1992 and went on to claim two French Cups, one French League Cup and a Ligue 1 title, before winning back-to-back Serie A titles with AC Milan.
Weah's impact in his final days at PSG and his early performances for Milan saw him named as the 1995 Ballon d'Or winner. He remains the only African to have ever claimed the prize.
What the manager says
Weah was handed his opportunity against Troyes with PSG preparing for a Champions League encounter with Real Madrid.
Neymar had already been ruled out of the game, while Kylain Mbappe and Edinson Cavani were rested ahead of Real's visit.
Nevertheless, Weah's involvement was fully deserved and he did enough in his short time on the pitch to warrant praise from his manager.
“He’s a very young player who works very well in the middle,” Emery said. “We had a lot of forwards who could not play so it was a chance for him. He got 15 minutes and did well.”
What the player says
“My first game went very well,” he said after his senior debut. “My teammates told me to be quiet and not to put pressure on myself. I hope to do even more in the future and start scoring goals. My father did great things here and it makes me want to do the same.”
Timothy Weah's Instagram
Weah's social following has spiked since making his debut and the PSG starlet now has over 60,000 fans watching him on his official Instagram page.
Very blessed to have made my professional debut for this beautiful club Thank you to god thank you to the coaches and staff members for believing in me an giving me this beautiful opportunity to showcase my talents and most importantly thank you to my wonderful parents for always supporting me #fierdetreparisien ......
He has some way to go until he ranks among the most followed footballers on Instagram, but he's getting there gradually.