Lyle Foster: South African prodigy departs AS Monaco

Promising South African striker Lyle Foster is poised to join LigaNos outfit Vitoria S.C from Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Foster is a story that should happen more regularly within South African football as one of the select few youngsters from the nation developing in the upper echelons of European football.

The former Orlando Pirates academy product earned his move to Ligue 1 in January 2019 and made his first-team debut under former manager Leonardo Jardim before a stint with Belgian club Cercle Brugge on loan, where he enjoyed more game-time, albeit often used as an impact substitute, starting nine of his 19 appearances last season.

But his talent was clearly recognised after being shortlisted for the 2020 European Golden Boy award and Vitoria have seemingly beat the likes of Turkish giants Fenerbache and Red Bull Salzburg for the 19-year-old’s signature.

According to GetFrenchFootball, the highly-rated teenager is poised to sign a five-year deal, with the Thiago Mendes’ side after Monaco accepted a reported €1.5-million bid for his services.

Foster led the line for Amajita in their FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland where he scored once in two games despite fitness concerns and starred en route to their third-place finish at the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations – which qualified South Africa for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.