AS Monaco attacker Kylian Mbappé (18), Wednesday at the cannon against Manchester City in the Champions League, was first selected for the French national team.
Coach Didier Deschamps called the teenager for the world cup qualifying match in Luxembourg (25 march) and the practice duel at the Stade de France against Spain (28 march).
In France they knew him already, and after the spektakelrijke duel between Manchester City and AS Monaco in the Champions League is his name anywhere in the world over the reeds. Kylian Mbappé is the talk of the town. The young striker is lightning fast, scores easily and reads the game excellently. That earned him the comparison with Thierry Henry, the Frenchman that his successful career started at… AS Monaco. The T3 of the Red Devils is not in favor of it. “He needs his own game develop and be the best version of themselves,” said Henry.
Far-fetched it is however not. Mbappé cuts in the same way by a defense and is equally confident. Both of them are coming from the suburbs of Paris, and also in terms of appearance they resemble each other. The Arsenalfans are already convinced. The people of london have achieved great success with Thierry Henry as the spearhead, and after Mbappés performance against Manchester City was raining the reactions on Twitter: bringing in, that boy!
However, there is need for some caution. Mbappé would not be the first young player who after a promising start wegdeemstert. That also thinks Arsène Wenger: ‘The potential is there, now he needs the next two or three years to prove that he has the necessary motivation, willpower, and intelligence has to make it to the top.’
The coach of Arsenal sticks out, however, not under the chairs or benches that he is charmed by his young compatriot. The Gunners follow the progression of Mbappé carefully, but also Tottenham, PSG and Barcelona are in line to get him in to incorporate.
The supertalent is still to 2019 under contract in the principality, but there is a chance that Monaco are hint early departures. In the summer of 2015, accepted a bid of 50 million euros on Anthony Martial. Remains Mbappé the glansprestaties pile up, then interested clubs may be even deeper in the money pouch should be scanned.