Kylian Mbappe is on the verge of winning his second straight FIFA World Cup as France faces Argentina and Lionel Messi on Sunday.
The Paris Saint-Germain star has played his part in helping Les Bleus reach the final stage of the tournament, scoring five goals but after not featuring on the score sheet, Mbappe now hopes to play a role in France defeating Argentina.
While the 23-year-old is earning praise from the football media world as the next in line to carry the “best player in the world” title, one pundit states that the French forward should enjoy it while it last because his career isn’t going to be a long one.
“I really look at Mbappe [and] I think he’s a top, top player, but he’s a speed merchant,” Jay Bothroyd said Thursday on talkSPORT. “Most of his game, is he’s effective because of his speed, most of his game is about speed.
“If you take that speed away from and I know this is why I’m saying to you, I don’t think he will have the same longevity as people like Messi and Ronaldo … He hasn’t shown me nothing different to say that he can modify himself.”
“Mbappé is a top, top player… but I think he’s a speed merchant.”
“He’s not showed me anything to suggest he can modify his game.”
Jay Bothroyd calls Kylian Mbappé a ‘speed merchant’ & doubts if he can last as long as Messi or Ronaldo 👀 pic.twitter.com/kHhknwZnp4
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 15, 2022
Mbappe modifying his game doesn’t need to occur right now, as looking to adapt one’s game usually comes with experience, and when a player reaches the end of his prime years, the PSG star is far from that phase of his career.