The transfer deadline day brings much excitement throughout the football world, as clubs work to find the reinforcements that will improve their present and future. For Paris Saint-Germain, a record-breaking summer ended with the addition of AS Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe.
The promising youngster signed on-loan with PSG, and an option to make the deal permanent will likely be utilised for next summer. The club was somewhat forced into this unique situation due to compliance with UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.
Les Parisiens already boast immense quality in the attack with the likes of Neymar and Edinson Cavani, but now offer yet another spectacular weapon in the final third. Mbappe’s potential is limitless at the moment, and he will stand to benefit greatly from playing alongside his new talented team-mates.
The 18-year-old scored 26 goals across all competitions last term and seems poised for stardom in the future.
Flexibility and depth in the lineup
The signing of Mbappe gives PSG and manager Unai Emery the luxury of flexibility in the attack, as the Frenchman can play in a striker position or as a winger. This will allow the team to approach the opposition in a variety of ways, and adapt to any defensive shape when needed.
A front-line consisting of Cavani flanked by Neymar and Mbappe would be difficult to contain, even for some of Europe’s best defences.
A major factor to success will be Emery’s ability to integrate his new signing quickly and create a strong chemistry between the squad.
The future is bright in the French capital
Paris Saint-Germain’s hierarchy have displayed incredible ambition and a fiery desire to become an elite European side, and those qualities have certainly been showcased in this summer’s transfer period.
With the addition of Mbappe, PSG now have a player that they can count on for years to come.
The teenager’s game will only continue to evolve and progress.
Is it enough to push for a Champions League crown?
Triumph in Ligue 1 is significant, but it is not the ultimate goal for Paris Saint-Germain. That objective is the UEFA Champions League, and the signing of Mbappe is a statement of intent on the subject.
Despite major talent throughout the line-up and lifting four consecutive league trophies this decade, PSG have failed to make a significant impact on the continent’s most prestigious tournament.
Last season’s elimination at the hands of a magical Barcelona comeback sits deep in the club’s collective mind, and one could argue that it was quite influential on the move for Neymar (who enjoyed a fantastic performance in the second leg).
Now with Kylian Mbappe in the side as well, PSG will feel confident in reclaiming their domestic superiority from Monaco and making a deep run in the Champions League.
Their new forward was excellent against Manchester City in the Round of 16 last year and has proven that he can produce against top teams.
Will the same occur against the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich? That remains to be seen, but there is every reason to believe that Kylian Mbappe can help shape the future at Paris Saint-Germain.