If you consider yourself to be even a partial soccer fan, chances are you have heard of Kylian Mbappe. The 19 year old sensation has lit the footy world on fire. He is already a World Cup winner with his nation France. He also won the Golden Boy award last season, which is given to the top U-21 player in the world. Mbappe joined PSG on a permanent deal this past summer after playing a season on loan there last year. Paired with Edinson Cavani and Neymar, he has torn defenses apart this year. What makes Mbappe so great? Why is he already linked with massive clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester City? Let me give you a handful of reasons that make this kid so good.
#1- His Pace
This is the main reason for why Mbappe is so dominant if you ask me. The guy can absolutely fly. Do yourself a favor and look at this YouTube video I found showing off his absolutely insane pace. His electric speed brings danger in any attacking situation because he can pick up a ball from anywhere and take off. In one of the clips shown in the video, Mbappe picks up the ball off a corner kick with three opponents ahead of him. The goalkeeper of the opposing team was up the field, as it was late in the game with his team down a goal. Mbappe, knowing the goalie was already behind him, turned on the jets and split the three defenders by the time he reached the halfway line.
One of the defenders attempted to bring him down, but to no avail. Mbappe flew past all of them and calmly passed the ball into an empty net to seal the victory for PSG. As everyone collectively picked up their jaws off the floor, analysts went to work finding his top speed on that run. Mbappe clocked in at a top speed of 27.78 mph (or 44.7 kph). To put that into perspective, Usain Bolt’s top speed at the 2009 World Championships was 27.8 mph (44.72 kph). That is literally a sliver faster than Mbappe and Kylian was dribbling the whole time! His natural speed is simply unbelievable and it’s one of the main reason he has been so successful at such a young age.
#2- His Attacking Positioning
This attribute is probably the most surprising given Mbappe’s age. Many young players have the necessary physical and technical tools in the world, but are often missing the mental side of the game. That is not the case for Kylian Mbappe. His awareness on the field is spectacular. He knows where teammates are often without having to pick up his head. When his teammates like Neymar are tearing up the opposition, Mbappe finds the perfect place in the box and prepares himself for a cross. Most 19 year old professionals simply don’t have that spatial knowledge. Mbappe seemingly sticks himself right where he needs to be.
#3- He Has The Technical Skills
Paired with Mbappe’s blistering pace, his skill on the ball make him a definite problem for opposing teams. Besides being able to run straight through opponents, he regularly splits double and triple teams with his control. His ability to keep the ball tight to his foot, while quickly shifting through the gears is a lethal combination. Along with his tight dribbling, Mbappe also has the ability to finish the job and put the ball in the back of the net. In seven league games this season, he has scored ten goals alongside three assists. He is a tremendous talent and has all the ability to be the best player in the world. He’s already well on his way.
So what do you think of all this Mbappe hype? Is it merited? Be sure to watch the video I attached and tell me what you think in the comments! Share and subscribe! Until next time, God bless!
(Thank you to Fredrik @F_edits for a great image of Mbappe!