Arsenal target Kylian Mbappe has been described as a mixture of Thierry Henry and Neymar by his former youth team coach Jean-Claude Lafargue.
The 18-year-old forward has attracted the attention of Europe’s leading clubs this season following a string of impressive performances for the Ligue 1 pacesetters.
Arsene Wenger has admitted to monitoring Mbappe’s progress with a keen eye and suggested earlier this month that he has all the natural talent necessary to emulate the feats of Arsenal’s record goalscorer Henry.
Lafargue, who coached Mbappe during his time at Clairefontaine, agrees with Wenger’s assessment but believes there are also elements of the player’s style that are reminiscent of Barcelona forward Neymar.
‘He is a mixture of Henry and Neymar,’ Lafargue told Sport 360. ‘He always had something different.
‘The way he sets himself up to score from almost any position in the box is reminiscent of Henry, but the way he glides past players is what really brings Neymar to mind.
‘Kylian was physiologically a little bit behind when he joined us aged 12, smaller and thinner than the average. At this level, where we gather the best talents in the country from the same age, it makes a difference. He had to come up with new tricks and improve his balance and stamina to compete.’
Mbappe has scored 10 goals, including two hat-tricks, in 23 appearances for Leonardo Jardim’s side this season and is set to feature in Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg tie against Manchester City, who have also reportedly been scouting him regularly this term.