One of the most successful clubs for nurturing young talents across the whole of Europe is AS Monaco, and this season is seeing a whole host of these younger players flourish, as they lead the way at the top of Ligue 1. The players they are producing and developing are certainly making their names across Europe with many being linked with the so called bigger clubs, Tiemoué Bakayoko the engine in the heart of the midfield has been linked with a host of clubs in England and Spain, Thomas Lemar who recently earned a France call up is emerging on the radar of clubs in England and Germany especially and Gabriel Boschilia who has hit the ground running since joining the French giants and that is just naming a few. The most highly sought after player that Monaco have in their ranks is frontman Kylian Mbappe, and it is easy to see why.
The France under 19 international has been in explosive form when playing this season, the eighteen year old has the ability to play right across the frontline, and when looking at the competition he has in front of him to get the games, it is clear the manager Leonardo Jardim recognises he has special player on his hands. Mbappe famously dethroned a Monaco icon as the club’s youngest ever goal scorer last December at the age of sixteen, the Monaco Icon in which comparisons are being drawn between the two is former Arsenal great Thierry Henry. His most recent goal in Monaco’s 2-1 win over Montpellier just looked in the same mould you would have seen Henry, showing his pace, his awareness of the pitch in the final third and that composure in front of goal that we all seen on many occasions from Henry. To compare Mbappe to such an iconic figure in France and in England is premature and does put a lot of added unwanted pressure on the shoulders of the young man but Mbappe just does not looked fazed by the so called pressure.
A return so far this season of 8 goals and 7 assists in all competitions shows just how productive the forward is, and in time he will solely apply his trade as a frontman striker. He has all the attributes to go far in the game, and providing he does move on in the near future the move he makes will be vital to how he develops within the game. His pace and power for a player of his age is frightening but it is his composure in front of goal that perhaps makes him stand out. Monaco sold Anthony Martial to Manchester United for a lump sum of in and around 56 million Euros, the fee that would be demanded for Mbappe would certainly surpass that, as he is rated considerably higher than Martial. Monaco does play the game the right way for players like Mbappe, Lemar, Silva, Falcao and others to really thrive and show their ability in the final third of the pitch so when the riches of football do try and pounce for their players they do need to consider how these players are playing in such a free style.
Kylian Mbappe is regarded as one of the highest sought after players in Europe this season. An endless of amount of scouts has been monitoring his progress since emerging into the Monaco team. Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are the ones generating the biggest noise of their interest, one issue that Wenger would have is he would have to be willing to pay big money to get his man. Links to PSG has been squashed by the player himself, but Director of Football Patrick Kluivert has taken a real interest in the French prodigy. Links with the usual names, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Barcelona and the German giants Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have all been speculated. The value of the player will be the stumbling block for any club looking to poach the wonder-kid away from AS Monaco in the near future.