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What happened to the six players who were dubbed the next Thierry Henry?

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There have been few better strikers in the history of football than Thierry Henry.

Many fans still consider the French World Cup winner as the greatest player in Premier League history after his time with Arsenal.

Henry also won a host of major honours during his stint with Barcelona, finally getting his hands on the Champions League trophy in 2009.

Due to his stellar reputation and unique playing style, the French national team and Arsenal have been desperate to find the heir to Henry's throne.

Over the years, six players have received the label and it's safe to say that their footballing journeys have been very rather different.

As such, we'll start with the one man who looks by far the closest to matching Henry's achievements.

KYLIAN MBAPPE

Never has a player burst onto the scene with such a similar playing style to Henry - he even made his name at the same club, Monaco.

Electric pace, silky dribbling a wicked right foot, Mbappe is already well on his way to emulating his countryman.

He already has a World Cup trophy to his name and is an established world star at Paris Saint-Germain. If there's going to be an heir to Henry, it's going to be Mbappe.

Mbappe with PSG

ANTHONY MARTIAL

Another who looks eerily reminiscent to Henry at times while playing for Manchester United.

Back in 2015, Louis Saha said, per Fox Sports: “In France, we call him the next Thierry Henry because he can play left or right, he’s got a great ability with the ball, he can take on three, four players with ease, there is no problem."

For now, it looks as if Martial won't be making the positional move to striker, but he's been pretty devastating in 2018/19 as a left-winger.

Martial vs Cardiff

THEO WALCOTT

Arsene Wenger tried his best to turn Walcott from a winger into his main striker - like he did with Henry - but it never really worked.

The Englishman still managed to notch 108 goals for Arsenal, but he could never match the standard and playing style set by his predecessor.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is perhaps the closest thing to Henry in Arsenal's recent history.

Walcott with Everton

LOIC REMY

At the start of his career, Remy told reporters, per Goal: “The biggest compliment in 10 years would be: ‘Remy had a career like Titi Henry.’"

So, has his dream turned into a reality? Absolutely not. Remy enjoyed decent spells with Nice and Marseille, but his career tailed off after a move to the Premier League and QPR in 2013.

His loan spell at Newcastle was okay, but a move to Chelsea in 2014 appeared to do the damage. Remy is now back in France with high-flying Lille, where he's failed to score in seven appearances.

Remy during his time with Getafe

DAVID BELLION

Seen as the heir to Henry in the France squad, Bellion sadly failed to deliver on English soil.

A move to Manchester United in 2003 was supposed to be the catalyst, but he managed just four goals in 24 appearances across his three-year spell.

Bellion enjoyed an okay seven-year spell at Bordeaux, before moving to Red Star in 2014. He retired in 2016 at the age of 34.

Bellion with Bordeaux

GILLES SUNU

When he arrived from Chateauroux in 2007, the French club's vice-president, Patrick Trotignon, said, per Mirror: “He plays as an out-and-out striker like Thierry Henry, but he also can play in midfield."

Sadly, he couldn't match that stellar review of his talent, failing to make a single senior appearance for Arsenal, leaving permanently in 2011.

Since then he's been at Lorient, Evian and Angers, currently residing with BB Erzurumspor.

Topics:
Thierry Henry
Football
Kylian Mbappe
Anthony Martial
France Football
Arsene Wenger
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Loic Remy
Premier League
Theo Walcott
Arsenal

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