At the tender age of 19, most people are starting their first full time job, while others are at university, working part-time at McDonalds at the weekends. Kingsley Coman has already played for PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich and has made two appearances for the French national team. He is still only 19.
With PSG spending so much money on new players in the last five years, you wouldn’t expect them to give much of an opportunity to young players, much like Chelsea and Manchester City. This meant he had to be a very special player when he made his debut for the French giants at just 16 years of age. Ultimately, it was PSG’s embarrassment of riches that cost them the services of Coman, when he left a year later when his contract came to an end, due to a lack of first team chances.
Despite his youth, he had shown enough in his limited time at PSG to persuade Juventus to sign him up. He was already seen at the age of 18 as a man who could become a top player. His reputation was further enhanced by an impressive first season with the Old Lady, and especially when he scored his first goal, a screamer against Chievo Verona in January. He would also play a part in his side’s impressive Champions League campaign, and came off the bench in the final. This made it even more of a surprise when he left Italy in the summer.
Though his move to Bayern Munich was logical, it came as quite a surprise. With the likes of Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez all leaving Juventus in the summer, it felt like the time had come for someone like Coman to step up and play a big part for them. A move to Germany and Bayern saw the Frenchman come in to almost replace the likes of Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery, who have consistently struggled with injuries over the past few years.
Given the sort of teams that Pep Guardiola has assembled in his managerial career so far, Coman fits the template. He is a fast, skilful winger who also has the ability to play in any of the attacking positions, creates chances and has an eye for goal. He is very similar to a certain player who Guardiola had at Barcelona in Lionel Messi. If Coman can become half the player that Messi is, he will be one hell of a footballer.
Despite already being an established member of one of Europe’s top clubs, Coman still has a long way to go in his career. If he can keep himself fit and get consistent game time at Bayern, he could become one of the top players in the world.