For French supporters, the name of Kingsley Coman, holder this Wednesday night against Ukraine, immediately evokes the Bayern Munich striker who shattered PSG's dream of winning his first Champions League in Lisbon last August by registering the only goal of the final.
At only 24 years old, the Parisian by birth who will be in charge against the Ukrainians of animating the French right flank, has one of the most beautiful achievements in French football after having won all club competitions with Bayern Munich.
His life in Blue, often marked by injuries and sometimes bad luck, has not been a long quiet river since his 1st cap in 2015 against Germany (2-0).
Selected for Euro 2016, he then becomes the youngest player to play in a major competition with the France team, coming into play against Romania in the first group match.
But, his numerous injuries, in particular to the knees, handicap him thereafter.
The player trained at PSG is not part of the list of 23 players summoned to compete in the 2018 World Cup (he is part of that of the eleven substitutes).
Today, he celebrates his 27th selection (5 goals before the meeting).
"He lacks the relationship with the other players in the offensive sector of the Blues who for 2 or 3 years have evolved together without Kingsley having been able to contribute to the building, says Laurent Bonadei, his former coach in U17 and U19 at PSG .
Kingsley is an intelligent boy in the service of the collective despite exceptional individual qualities.
It is pleasant to live in a group and that is why Didier Deschamps integrated him very young and very early.
In competition with Rabiot
“I didn't have the chance to win the World Cup.
In 2016, we had a great experience with the Euro in France but it ended badly (defeat in the final against Portugal. I hope not to miss the last step this time, he had declared in our columns last November. A new success, after that of the World Cup, would mark our superiority a little more over these last years. "The staff of the Blues like him a lot because he has enormous qualities of speed, percussion and elimination even if he is still fishing a little in the finish. For about a year or more, Kingsley Coman has passed a milestone by becoming an indisputable holder at Bayern. "Before, he dreaded contact when he came back from injuries but now he is no longer afraid of going to a duel, his gestures are more fluid and he is much more efficient in his choices, supports Patrick Guilllou, BeIN Sports consultant on the Bundesliga. This season, he has helped to settle several situations by his goals (6) and also his assists (13).
In 4 seasons, he has already made his mark in the current best club in the world.
"I try to be more selfish", the confidences of Kingsley Coman
Taking advantage of the still imperfect degree of form of Paul Pogba, Coman who will no doubt find himself in competition with Adrien Rabiot during the Euro, has the opportunity, this Wednesday evening, to score points against a Ukrainian defense sometimes presented as porous.
"He is able by his dribbling to create an imbalance in one-on-one or even one-on-two situations," said Patrick Guillou.
When you manage to break through the opposing defensive block, it is undoubtedly a real plus.
Kingsley must make Didier Deschamps doubt his choices and give him other alternatives.
"" In training at PSG, we decided not to focus Kingsley on a specific position.
He evolved on the 3 offensive positions or the two axial midfielders in 4-2-3-1, recalls Laurent Bonadei.
He will now be able to bring an additional offensive asset to this team and to the coach who will have difficult choices to make.