Arsene Wenger has revealed he is keeping close tabs on Monaco’s 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappé.
The France youth international became the youngest ever debutant for the Stade Louis II outfit in December 2015, breaking Thierry Henry’s record, set in 1994 during Wenger’s spell in the Principality.
This season Mbappé has helped himself to six goals and seven assists in 19 appearances, including a hat-trick in the Coupe de La League, leading Wenger to compare the teenager’s talent with his former protégé.
“He is not exactly Thierry Henry but it is true that he has similar qualities and the future and talent is similar,” Wenger told the Ligue 1 show [translation via the Mirror].
“The potential is similar, after that if he has the same level of motivation, desire and intelligence that Thierry has, and the next two to three years will tell us that, then he can be very promising.
“The guys that have super talent are already playing at 18. Those who are not playing at 18 or 19 do not have that exceptional talent and he does play over here at the top level.
“He is a guy who is electric like Thierry was, can dribble, can pass and is efficient.
“We follow him, we know him very well, and he is developing well. He extended his contract with Monaco last season and so it’s Monaco who is going to decide his future. He could be another Thierry Henry.”