It’s been a mixed 24 hours for Kylian Mbappe.
The 18-year-old picked up the coveted Golden Boy award this morning, successfully fending off competition from Barcelona summer signing Ousmane Dembele and Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus.
This is the first major individual accolade of Mbappe’s career so far - aside from the 2016-17 Ligue 1 Player of the Year award - and thoroughly deserved after a magnificent season with AS Monaco last term.
However, it’s ironic that this announcement has been made off the back of one of the most disappointing individual performances we’ve seen from Mbappe to date.
The France international played 80 minutes of Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-2 draw against Marseille at the Stade Velodrome but struggled to make an impact.
Mbappe subbed off when Marseille took the lead
He was subbed off for Angel Di Maria shortly after Florian Thauvin had put Marseille 2-1 up in the 78th minute and it was Edinson Cavani who sealed a point for the visitors with a magnificent last-gasp free-kick.
Neither Mbappe nor Neymar, PSG’s two mega-money summer signings, were on the pitch when Cavani smashed home the equaliser.
While the former had been subbed off, the latter was sent off in the closing stages of the game after picking up two yellow cards in as many minutes.
Mbappe handed 2/10 rating from L'Equipe
French publication L’Equipe handed Neymar a 5/10 rating for his performance, despite the red card.
They handed Mbappe a hugely embarrassing 2/10 rating for his.
Video: Mbappe's (+ Neymar's) 'highlights' v Marseille
But was the teenager really that terrible?
Judge for yourself by watching a video showing his individual highlights - along with Neymar’s - here…
Not great, eh?
Mbappe should become a true great of the game
However, we should all remember that Mbappe is still so young. Even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo lacked consistency at his age.
Mbappe has all the tools required to become a true great but, as Unai Emery said last month, he’s still very much a work in progress.
"Upon his arrival, we questioned the positioning of Kylian because he is a young player and we have to progress with him,” the PSG head coach was quoted as saying by the Evening Standard. "He's an attacking player, but he needs to learn the positioning that the team needs on defensive situations.
"He can play all the positions of the attack - left, centre and right - and he has proved it.
"His progression will come through work and versatility and we will look for his best position so he can give 100 per cent."
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