Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has advised Kylian Mbappe to seek to develop his own individual style rather than emulate others.
The 18-year-old Monaco striker is currently one of football’s hottest properties, drawing the interest of most big European clubs after astonishing performances with French club this season. Mbappe’s explosive style of playing has drawn him comparisons to France’s top-scorer Henry despite the youngster admitting he’s trying to emulate his idol Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I don’t like comparing players – Mbappe has to become Mbappe and that is all.” Henry told Canal Plus. “But my word, he is good. Oh la la. I really like watching him play.
“When you have a kid with that much talent, what are you going to teach him apart from a few tactical things? So it is more: develop your brain and become a killer. Develop your brain, your intelligence and your movement.”
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“What can you see? When you watch a match, don’t just watch the ball, watch the movement off the ball. Understand quickly who is weak in the match, who you should attack and who shouldn’t attack, how to attack this player and understand all of that.”
Mbappe appeared on the radar of big clubs with his cool strike against Manchester City in the Champions League, only eight minutes after being introduced on the big stage. His form in the French League has been stellar, having contributed with 12 goals and four assists so far.
Henry continued: “I met him and he gave me the impression that he has a good head on his shoulders. Yes, he is quick, but he is thinking and that is a sign of a kid who can go a long way in the game.”