Man City starlet who scored against Chelsea now plays against amateur teams

dailystar.co.uk 49 days ago

Former Manchester City starlet David Faupala netted on his debut for the club in a defeat to Chelsea - but the one-and-done striker has suffered a steep career decline

David Faupala of Manchester City scores a goal to level the score at 1-1 during The Emirates FA Cup fifth round match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on February 21, 2016
David Faupala netted for Man City against Chelsea on his senior debut

Manchester City looked to have another exciting starlet on their hands when David Faupala scored against Chelsea - but he's now playing against amateur teams.

The French striker was snapped up as an 18-year-old by City back in 2015 after impressing in his home country with Lens. He was integrated into their development squad but found himself called up to the first team amid bizarre circumstances.

City's FA Cup fifth-round replay against Chelsea in February 2016 had been moved to a Sunday, just 24 hours before they were due to fly to Ukraine for their Champions League clash with Dynamo Kyiv.

The decision, which had been prompted by the BBC televising the game, infuriated then-manager Manuel Pellegrini, who made his point by starting a very inexperienced starting XI and bench at Stamford Bridge.

A full-strength Chelsea unsurprisingly went on to win 5-1. But it was Faupala who notched City's solitary goal after being handed his senior debut, albeit with a scrappy tap-in.

That would be his one and only senior appearance for the current Premier League champions, though. After Pep Guardiola's arrival that summer, he was sent on loan to Dutch side NAC Breda, and then League One Chesterfield.

Manchester City's David Faupala runs after the ball during their Manchester Senior Cup Final against Bolton Wanderers
The striker looked to be the next big thing - but his career went downhill

Neither spell went to plan, with Faupala playing just four games in the Netherlands in the first half of the season, getting sent off for a kick-out when back in England, and scoring a total of only two goals.

He left City in late 2017, briefly joining Ukrainian Premier League club Zorya Luhansk before moving onto Apollon Limassol in Cyprus. However, minutes were hard to come by, despite scoring a fabulous overhead kick against Lazio in the Europa League.

Apollon Limassol's French forward David Faupala celebrates after scoring a goal during the Europa League Group H football match between Apollon Limassol and SS Lazio on November 29, 2018
Faupala has moved from club to club, notably scoring an overhead kick for Apollon Limassol

Faupala has ventured to FK Jerv in Norway, Valletta in Malta and Beauvais in his native France in pursuit of regular game time, having little success.

He netted once in nine outings in the French fourth division last season, a record which has seen him move on once again. Now 25, Faupala joined Cypriot side Enosis Neon Paralimniou last month.