It was confirmed on Wednesday evening that Ligue 1 side Lille have completed a swoop for Milan youngster Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who will join up with les Dogues on a one-year loan switch.
The 20-year-old forward is expected to be with Rudi Garcia’s side in time to start pre-season training and will augment a strike-force that badly needs a little more cutting edge to propel the Europa League hopefuls into an outfit that can have genuine Champions League ambitions.
Aubameyang played with Dijon to great effect in Ligue 2 last season, scoring a very respectable eight goals in 34 appearances for les Rouge et Blanc. His pedigree is also excellent, being the son of Pierre Aubameyang, a former Gabon international and also a player of some note with Laval and Le Havre. Indeed, Lille’s newest recruit has already made his international debut, electing to feature for the country of his heritage, debuting as Gabon shocked Morocco 2-1 in a World Cup qualifying fixture in March.
Speaking to Lille’s official website, Aubameyang sounds particularly upbeat about the challenge at hand. “I am very motivated to succeed in this new challenge,” he said. “First, I will have to find my place in a squad that worked pretty well last season. I will work to progress, appear as often as possible in the starting XI and score goals. It will not be easy, I know. In any case, it is a nice challenge to face.”
The youngster will likely get plenty of chances to shine if he can prove himself on the training pitch, as Lille will have to balance domestic and European commitments in the forthcoming campaign, meaning their squad rotation is likely to be extensive.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com