by Tom Lees - 26th March 2016
Born in Paris, to parents of Guadeloupe heritage, young forward Kingsley Coman has managed to make a great impact in the game already, despite making less than 40 top flight appearances in his career thus far. With some of the biggest clubs in Europe on his cv, a league and cup double success in Serie A, Champions League final appearance and now a full French International, all achieved before his 20th birthday. It’s an impressive haul and looks set to signal the beginning of a hugely impressive career in the game.
Coman began his professional career with Paris Saint-Germain, a club where he had been part of the youth academy since he was 8 years of age (prior to this Coman spent two years at US Sénart-Moissy). The forward impressed in the youth system, which saw his inclusion in the national youth sides where he was a standout talent, although perhaps a little rough around the edges. He would go on to make history for PSG in February 2013 as he made his professional debut as a late substitute against Sochaux, becoming the youngest player in the club’s history aged just 16 years, 8 months and 4 days old. Despite this noteworthy beginning to his career in Paris, he would only go on to make two more substitute appearances for the first team, spending the majority of his playing time in the reserves. This made the next few years particularly surprising as Coman would take his chances elsewhere.
In July 2014, at the end of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, Coman signed a permanent deal with Italian greats Juventus. The transfer raised eyebrows both in France and Italy, with many expecting the forward to linger in the Juventus reserves rather than gain first team experience elsewhere. However, he was to have a big part to play in Turin, in what turned out to be a historic double winning season for the club. Serie A was claimed, as was the Coppa Italia and only a Champions League final defeat to Barcelona prevented them from winning the treble. Coman made a number of appearances for the club during this campaign, gaining great experience and making an impact in the games in which he featured. At the end of the successful season yet another surprising transfer took place, as Coman joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan with option to buy, again raising eyebrows with many wondering how he would feature in Pep Guardiola’s Bayern machine. Thus far though he has proven to be a great asset to the German giants, a regular in the first team both domestically and in Europe, and his style of play has given the side a real ‘impact’ option. It’s his performances in Germany that have propelled the youngster into the French national team setup, just in time for this summer’s European Championships on home soil.
A right footed forward that can play on either flank, Coman is pacey, dynamic and devastating. Able to dribble past opponents using skills, or just beat people for pace at any time of the game due to his high energy levels. His crossing has come on a long way in recent months and has helped the youngster gain many assists in important situations. A critique that can be levelled is with his composure at times, both in general passing and finishing, Coman still seems an instinct player and the time to think can often affect his play in a negative, but this can be ironed out over time. He has a talent for finding space on the football pitch and a natural instinct to be in the right place at the right time, which is a sign of a special talent. Still a little raw at times in his play, it is important to note that Coman is only a teenager with limited game exposure despite his cv, he still has a great deal to learn but a lot of time to do so.
Internationally Kingsley Coman has represented his nation at every youth level before earning his first French cap in the tragic friendly fixture against Germany in November 2015. An additional appearance for Les Bleus appeared after that game and he now finds himself in the national squad once more as they prepare for this summer’s tournament with a number of friendly fixtures. He looks sure to have a big future for his nation and although he is currently seen as an impact option, he will look to become a major star over the next few years. Coman has achieved much more than anyone could have predicted already in his young career, you get the impression that anything is possible for him in the future.