Kylian Mbappe stats suggest future is bright
FootyOn look at the Kylian Mbappe stats after the France starlet helped Monaco seal a famous Ligue 1 success.
The 18-year-old has risen to prominence in only his second full senior season at the Stade Louis II.
Mbappe made his debut last term for Monaco, becoming their youngest-ever first team player aged 16 years 347 days.
That maiden appearance against SM Caen saw him break the record previously held by Thierry Henry.
Two months later he overcame Henry’s other record of Monaco’s youngest senior goalscorer too, netting past Troyes.
One goal in 13 outings last campaign was only a glimpse at what was to come from Mbappe, though.
His superb 2017/18 season sees him now at 4/1 with BetVictor to sign for Real Madrid this summer.
He is also linked with a host of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United.
Mbappe’s future therefore looks bright, after the teenage sensation capped off his breakthrough season with a domestic silverware success.
Superb season capped off with Ligue 1 glory
After becoming the youngest ever player to feature and score for the club, Mbappe has gone from strength to strength in his second season.
The teenage forward started the 2017/18 term in style, capturing attention with a clinical hat-trick.
His was the first hat-trick scored by any Monaco player in the Coupe de la Ligue since Sonny Anderson in 1997.
Mbappe then racked up a league treble past Metz; the youngest player to score a Ligue 1 hat-trick since 17-year-old Jeremy Menez did in 2005.
His domestic heroics have been incredible, finishing with 15 goals in 28 league outings.
This was only second to Radamel Falcao in Leonardo Jardim’s set-up, with the Colombian racking up 21 Ligue 1 strikes and 30 across all competitions.
European heroics stand out for Monaco prospect
Outside of the domestic scene, Mbappe also shone in the Champions League – even dispatching past Manchester City.
He ended the great Gianluigi Buffon’s long-standing clean sheet run in the competition in the semi-finals too.
The Frenchman’s successful effort past Juventus made him the youngest scorer ever in the competition’s semis.
Despite Monaco exiting at the hands of the Italians, Mbappe had clearly made quite an impression.
Mbappe’s sublime season didn’t go unnoticed by France boss Didier Deschamps either.
The teenager earned his first senior call-up for Les Bleus in March, coming on for his debut against Luxembourg.
In doing so, he became the second youngest player to ever feature for France, behind only Maryan Wisniweski.
At such a young age and on the back of an amazing campaign, there are high hopes placed on Mbappe’s youthful shoulders.
Mbappe expecting more from himself next season
The teenage wonderkid’s admirable season exploits also saw him awarded Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year.
Following that deserved personal victory and helping Monaco to their first league title in 17 years, he is still expecting more from himself.
Despite his incredible form, he looks set to resist any temptation to depart and commit to Monaco.
“For next year, I promise a better season. We must always set the bar high, otherwise we do not progress,” said Mbappe.
“I am very happy. We wanted it from the beginning, and it’s done.
“We have given ourselves the means of our ambitions, and in football, when we give ourselves the means, it is always less difficult.
“Now we’re going to celebrate, and when the euphoria comes down, we’ll have to get back to work: football is an eternal challenge.”
So just how far can Mbappe go in his already glistening career?
At just 18, he has so much more developing and progression to be made, but the future certainly looks bright for this highly-promising France and Monaco striker.