Poor Jeremie Boga.
After a brilliant pre-season, the Chelsea youngster was a surprise inclusion in the Premier League champions’ line-up for the opening game of the season, at home against Burnley.
The 20 year-old winger must have delighted to get his chance to stake a claim for a first team place.
Sadly for Boga, just 14 minutes into the match, Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill was sent off for a dangerous tackle.
Four minutes later, Boga’s debut was brought to an abrupt and early end, as Antonio Conte was forced to make a substitution and rejig his formation.
It was a brutal and harsh experience for Boga, who replaced Pedro during the first half of the Arsenal match in China and certainly made an impression to the Blues fans with an electric display.
Slight in frame, the Ivory Coast international’s quick feet certainly caught the eye, which is no doubt why he was given the opportunity to show what else he can do.
But what do we know about him? The guys at football.london profiled him earlier this summer.
Boga joined the Blues as an U12s youngster from ASPTT Marseille and worked his way through the ranks at the academy, scoring goals in both the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League.
Signing his first professional contract in 2014, Boga was named on the bench for Chelsea’s final game of the 2014/15 Premier League season against Sunderland, but failed to make an appearance.
Like many Blues youngsters, the winger was sent out on loan to Rennes where he made 29 appearances in Ligue 1 and the League Cup during their 2015/16 campaign.
Boga netted against Reims and Lorient, before returning to Chelsea and then being sent back out on loan to Granada last season.
He was part of a team that were relegated from La Liga, however Boga scored twice again in 27 appearances, including in a defeat against Barcelona.
While appearing for France at youth level, Boga made the switch to the Ivory Coast and made his debut last month, coming on as a substitute in a 3-2 loss against Guinea.