Summary

  • Coman grabs assist in full France debut.
  • Part of Deschamps' final squad for the Euros.
  • Enjoyed a breakthrough season on loan at Bayern.

No one can accuse Kingsley Coman of being one to shy away from a challenge. The 19-year-old risked it all to join FC Bayern München on a two-year loan deal from Juventus FC last summer, but his great Bavarian plunge is already paying dividends.

The teenage super talent was the best player on the pitch as France scraped a 3-2 friendly win over Cameroon on Tuesday, leaving les Bleus head coach Didier Deschamps with plenty to ponder heading into next month's UEFA European Championships on French soil.

'Guardiola gave me some good advice'

Coman's inclusion in Deschamps' final 23-man squad is, in itself, a tremendous achievement for a player who, until recently, had never made more than three consecutive senior appearances. Although he won domestic titles with both boyhood club Paris-Saint Germain and Juventus, it is only at Bayern where he appears to have found his true calling.

"I didn't feel I had anything to prove at Juventus," Coman recalled. "The main difference is the style of football at Bayern suits me. I can show my qualities better here. [Pep Guardiola] gave me a chance to play and some good advice: 'Don't ask yourself questions. Just play.'"

Coman came back to haunt parent club Juventus with a goal and assist in the Champions League Round of 16.

King-like qualities

Afforded welcome self-expression, Coman turned out 35 times in all competitions over the course of Bayern's Bundesliga and DFB Cup-winning campaign, during which he registered eight goals and 12 assists. He made his senior international debut in November 2015 and scored his first goal for his country in a friendly with Russia four months later. His case for a place at the Euros could not have been any stronger.

Coman underlined his world-beating credentials with a typically eye-catching performance against Cameroon. His heat-seeking cross produced the opening goal, while he came out on top in no less than ten one-on-one situations before being withdrawn to rapturous applause in the 76th minute.

With flashes of his explosive pace and devilish trickery fresh in their minds, French fans have, understandably, been left craving more. Their whirlwind starlet is a player like no other in the current France set-up and has all the attributes needed to leave an indelible paw print on this summer's showcase European football event. It is still early days, but Coman might just be the true heir to the French football throne.

Christopher Mayer-Lodge