One own goal is not going to ruin Gabriel Magalhaes’ reputation as one of the most talented young defenders in the game.
But a man who has been linked with a big-money move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the January transfer window certainly didn’t cover himself in glory as Lille went down to a 2-1 home defeat to Marseille over the weekend.
Gabriel has developed a reputation for excellent reading of the game and maturity beyond his years since moving to France from Avai in 2017. There’s a reason why Lille turned down a £23 million offer from Juventus (RMC), not to mention why Wolves have apparently identified him as the man to fill the void created by Willy Boly’s broken ankle (The Mail).
So his crucial error which gave Marseille an unassailable 2-1 lead at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, inadvertently heading into his own net under minimal pressure, is more an anomaly rather than a red flag.
Though the rarest of mistakes did not save him, and his Lille team-mates, from a public dressing down from furious head coach Christophe Galtier after a result which saw Les Dogues fall behind Marseille into fifth.
“At this level we cannot concede goals like that: two goals from big mistakes,” Galtier told France Football after a blooper-reel performance from his usually reliable backline.
It will take a few more mistakes like this, however, before Wolves have second thoughts about making Gabriel their latest bright young thing.
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