Many people looked at the Bayern Munich machine in the summer and wondered where they could really improve. They were so well drilled, worked so well under Pep Guardiola and looked so dangerous both domestically and in Europe.
However, with both Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery struggling to stay fit for an entire season, advancing in age and without a natural replacement in the squad, Bayern needed to add more youth to their options on their wing.
The club identified Juventus winger Kingsley Coman as a key target and brought the Frenchman on loan for two seasons for €7 million with an option to buy him outright for an added €21 million. After almost a season with the club, it seems the decision to bring in the 19-year-old was one that Bayern will look back on as a real masterstroke.
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Coman started his career at Paris Saint-Germain but despite the promise he showed in limited appearances, he allowed his contract with the Ligue 1 club to run out and joined Juventus last season. Emulating another Frenchman in Paul Pogba, Coman thought that a move to the Serie A giants would help advance what looked like a strong career.
He did not quite break through like the former Manchester United man but luckily for him, Bayern Munich came knocking in the summer. It turned a few heads who thought the move was a little too soon given how little first team experience he had but the decision to get him now has paid off in spades.
In 29 appearances across all competitions this season, Coman has scored six goals and created 10 more. A solid return for a player that struggled to get that amount of game time in his previous two clubs combined.
The youngster really impressed in a two-game spell a few weeks ago, grabbing a hat-trick of assists in the Bundesliga against Werder Bremen before coming on in the Champions League fixture against his "parent" club, creating the equaliser before scoring the fourth and final strike of the night.
Coman has an excellent delivery from either flank and his determination to get past his man to have the space to create that killer ball is enthralling. It's the kind of wing play that gets fans out their seats, they know that when he has the ball that he can do something a little bit special.
He's blended the styles of a modern and old-style wide man, able to cut in and take shots from distance as well as driving to the by-line and playing in crosses from out wide.
All you needed to know about Coman was shown in the game against Juventus. He was desperate to impress, looking to get beyond the almost two left-backs he had to come up against. They did a very good job, he struggled to find the room he usually could find and he began to look a little like a one-trick pony.
Then, with one lapse of concentration, he was in space and with his first real chance to do something, he put in the perfect ball for Thomas Muller to head home. With the wind in his sails, he was a nuisance from then on and topped it off with an excellent finish that truly killed the game off.
It's very much a case of if you didn't know, now you do about Kingsley Coman. An unheralded bit of business has looked like a steal and he looks like he'll have a very prosperous career in Germany. With recent calls up to the French squad too, he could be a prominent figure in the world of football for many years to come.
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