Over the past two years, Kylian Mbappe has been the most talked about youngster in football. The way he emerged as a skilled forward for Monaco, he was touted as a future superstar. He was snapped up by Paris Saint Germain soon after. However, in recent months his form had been up and down. He couldn’t perform too well in the Champions League this year and PSG’s “elaborate” dreams crashed again. Many were starting to wonder whether Mbappe was worth the hype? But in this FIFA World Cup, Mbappe is showing his true class. So here are three reasons why Mbappe has managed to impress in the biggest event of them all.
1) Faith Shown By Deschamps
France coach Didier Deschamps has shown his faith in the abilities of Mbappe. As recently as one year ago, France were playing with Griezmann and Lacazette up top, with substitute appearances from Giroud. But in recent months, as Lacazette has fallen out of favour, Mbappe has been given his chance. And how well has he taken it! His finishing against Argentina was superb. It was one of the best World Cup performances you are ever likely to see from a 19 year old. He played like an accomplished player who knows what he is doing on the pitch.
2) Understanding With Fellow Attackers
What is worth noting in this year’s World Cup is the way Mbappe has built an understanding with the other French forwards. He seems to be on the same wavelength as Griezmann and Giroud and this has been a huge positive for France. Even in his club side, we have seen signs of a good partnership with Neymar, which can only bode well for the future. Mbappe has been making thr right runs and has managed to draw the right pass as well. His movement against Argentina was sensational and it was a true delight to watch for any football fan!
3) Fan Following
Mbappe has enjoyed great support from the fans at this year’s tournament. The French seem to be aware that they have a real gem in the shape of Mbappe and they cherish him a lot. They have been chanting about him throughout matches. Seldom is this seen that a 19 year old is treated with such fanfare. But to be honest, if anyone deserves it, it’s Mbappe. He is the standout youngster in the world of football right now. Infact, even fans of other teams realize how special this kid is. If he can continue to perform this way for the next decade then he could be the successor to Ronaldo and Messi.
To sum up, Kylian Mbappe has come to the party and shown that he has the potential to be one of the very best. The whole of France is excited about this youngster and they will hope that he can be their superhero in the years to come. Mbappe had been compared with Thierry Henry very early in his career and if Mbappe can be even 80% as good as Henry, we will have a real player on our hands!