William Saliba was thrown straight into action for Nice tonight as he made his debut for his temporary side just two days after joining.
The centre-back played entirety of Nice’s 2-0 defeat to Brest in Ligue 1 as he produced a mixed performance in which he showed his undoubted talent but also demonstrated some signs of naivety.
Saliba was deployed in the middle of Nice’s back three and saw plenty of possession in the early stages of the game.
With just eleven minutes gone Saliba was booked as he made a late challenge after bringing the ball out from defence.
Despite that misdemeanour, the 19-year-old remained confident in his ability on the ball. On some occasions he attempted some risky passes but the majority of them reached their intended recipient.
Goals from Steve Mounie and Franck Honorat meant that Nice went into the break 2-0 down, although there was an encouraging moment from Saliba towards the end of the first half as he turned neatly with the ball while under considerable pressure.
Nice, who included former Gunner Jeff Reine-Adelaide in their side, were unable to stage a fightback, and it looks as if Saliba could find himself frequently called into action defensively given the vulnerabilities that his new side possess.
Despite the result, Saliba won’t be too disheartened by his debut and will hope to feature again when Nice play Metz on Saturday.