GSV Wunderkind Watching; The Keen Kingsley Coman

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: a child prodigy; also :  one who succeeds in a competitive or highly difficult field or profession at an early age

: someone who achieves success or shows great talent at a young age

The transition from playground hero to global superstar is one that only a lucky few get to undergo & complete; child prodigies can be found in every crevice of the globe, yet one does not always get to witness a child prodigy excel at a competitive level and show signs of great promise at a tender age, as gaffers are often under pressure to get immediate results and predictably punt for more seasoned pro’s as they seek to attain some much needed job security. Football remains one of the greatest tests of talent in the modern age, a field where hard work beats talent, when talent refuses to work hard and having talent alone is not enough to truly flourish in the craft. With measured development and sound off-field guidance, a wunderkind can develop into a world-class footballer with the gifts and aptitude to excel at the highest level; wunderkinder do not always become the true stars that their potential levels would have suggested they’d develop into, yet that will not hinder us from watching the best u/20 lads in the game and giving you an informative, enlightening and educational scouting report as our Talent Scout packs his binoculars and goes Wunderkind Watching.


Kingsley Coman


DoB: June 13th, 1996 (19)

PoB: Paris, France

Nationalities: French, Guadeloupean

Caps & Goals: 2 Senior Caps {(u/16, 9 Caps), (u/17, 8 Caps & 3 Goals), (u/18, 6 Caps & 1 Goal), (u/19, 7 Caps & 2 Goals), (u/21, 9 Caps & 2 Goals)

Position/s: Winger, Inside Forward, Advanced Playmaker, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Forward, Trequartista (Left, Right, Centre)

Preferred Foot: Right

Club: FC Bayern Munich (On 2 season-long loan from Juventus)

Club Jersey No: #29

Development Academies: US Sénart-Moissy, Paris Saint-Germain

Former Clubs: Paris Saint-Germain B, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus

Career Club Appearances & Goals: 46 Games, 6 Goals & 9 Assists

Talent Scout Report

Mental: One of the biggest critiques regarding many talented protégés today, is their seemingly diminished desire to truly fulfil their potential and earn the right to be talk about amongst the genuine legends of the craft that is football; Kingsley Coman is one player that would seem to defy that growing trend of young players that become complacent before they even complete their development, a young footballer that leaves two title winning sides with the view of improving himself as a footballer is one that deserves to be credited for his determination to truly succeed at the highest level. Coman could easily havechosen to bide his time at PSG or Juve, picking up medals and waiting for an opportunity to regularly display his talents, yet the lad knew that he could make a tangible contribution to the success of a great football club while still continuing his own personal development; that determination translates onto his on-field game as he runs his socks off on both ends of the pitch and offers an intangible quality that many young footballers today should aspire to possess.

His anticipation of spaces on the pitch seems to improve with increased game-time, and his high work-rate makes him an asset in the counter-pressing game as he knows how to use his physical gifts to the benefit of his team; the opportunity to have played in title winning teams and trained alongside world – class players seems to have improved his overall reading of match situations and his exposure to such environments has improved his big match temperament drastically in a matter of years.

For such a technically gifted player, the next critique could sound preposterous; yet Kingsley can sometimes lack the creativity to dig deep into his bag of tricks and unlock compact defences with more definitive moments of magic, his end product is often hampered by a perceived lack of ability to be composed and play the obvious killer pass or execute a direct run that leads to a converted attacking opportunity.

Physical: Blessed with bags of pace and the athleticism of a premier athlete, Kingsley could develop into an offensive marvel once his overall game is completely balanced and developed; it’s one thing for a footballer to have good pace, yet the Thierry Henry’s of this world have proven to us that great pace becomes deadly when its fused with outstanding balance and almost catlike agility. Coman is a physically outstanding specimen with even more room to develop and grow to the level where he can use his physical gifts as an addition to his already heavily fitted offensive arsenal; that combination of pace and power makes him a threat when he has the ball at his feet, yet the lad can also use his physicality to hold the ball up and prove hard for opposition defenders to disposes.

Technical: Of all his technical gifts, Kinglsey’s first touch allows all his other abilities to come to the fore far more naturally, the ability to control a football is largely overlooked these days and many young players are rushed to learn how to work the ball before mastering the art of controlling it and keeping it under a spell for long enough to weave some magic. If top European sides have learned anything from the success they have enjoyed at the elite level, it’s that there remains little defence for attacking players that can take on defenders and eliminate opponents to create room to attack in against more compact defences that look to play on the break; Coman’s direct running ability and dribbling technique easily mark him out as an offensive superstar in the making, the lad has the ability to keep fans on their feet with mazy runs that often leave defenders tied up in knots.

Although we have discussed his need for an improved end product, the natural gifts are there to be nurtured with time; a powerful long rang shooter with some venom in both pegs, Coman could bag his fair share of goals & assists with more attention to his final delivery or final action at the end of yet another good offensive run. While he seemed to be a handy finisher an youth level, Kingsley has only begun to show glimpses of what he can contribute to a team in the final third of the pitch; his own rawness may be to attribute for those shortcomings, yet the lad could develop into a great offensive weapon that can play anywhere in attack and still add immense quality.

GSV Potential Meter: 5/5 Tsamaya’s


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