Kingsley Coman, at 20 years old, became the youngest-ever starter for France at a major tournament when he was named in the XI for Les Bleus’ second Euro 2016 group match against Albania on Wednesday night.
The Juventus player, who is currently on loan to German champions Bayern Munich, was unable to make the impact he would have been hoping for prior to kick-off but he did produce arguably the best skill of the match - and possibly even the best skill of the tournament so far.
Out on the right flank, Coman pulled off a Zinedine Zidane-esque roulette spin on the touchline, leaving poor Burim Kukeli for dead. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Coman, who has scored six goals in 35 appearances for Bayern this season, is clearly on course to become one of European football’s best attacking wingers.
However, he remains a little raw and inexperienced at the moment. L’Equipe’s rating of 5/10 for his performance against Albania was probably fair; Anthony Martial, meanwhile, was only handed a 3/10 rating for his underwhelming 45-minute performance.
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Video: Coman's brilliant skill v Albania
Coman may find himself back on bench
Deschamps sprang a surprise prior to the match by ‘dropping’ both Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann for France’s second game.
Both substitutes, though, came on in the second half and made an impact.
Griezmann, who replaced Coman in the 68th minute, scored a 90th-minute header to spare France’s blushes.
Dimitri Payet, arguably the tournament’s standout performer so far, then added gloss to the scoreline by adding a second goal deep into stoppage time.
Due to the impact Griezmann made after coming off the bench, Coman is likely to find himself amongst the substitutes for France’s third and final group match against Switzerland on Sunday.
But in terms of impact subs, they don’t come much better than the young Frenchman.
Pep Guardiola on Coman
Speaking about his qualities back in December, Pep Guardiola admitted Coman possessed “rare dribbling skills”.
"You always expect the best when you sign a new player, but you also have in the back of your mind that he might need some time,” the revered Catalan coach, who will manage Manchester City next season, was quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.
"But it's madness how fast Kingsley has integrated at Bayern – and the same goes or Douglas Costa. Kingsley is still young, so we should not get carried away. He still has plenty of room for improvement, but it is clear that he has a lot of potential.
"He has rare dribbling skills that you do not see very often, but his final ball, giving assists, that is where he can still improve.
"But he is still very young [and] I have only ever worked with one player who could do it all at such a young age."
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