“The heat is on, put your joint on cruise, In a rush you scuff your brake shoes, just cool and relax, take a breath, take ten paces back, Brook-nahm Vietnam, the heat is on, no off-ramp or detour.” – Mos Def
These lyrics from the classic single, Speed Law, by hip hop star, Mos Def, are indicative of a song concept centered on the idea that one should slow down and appreciate the perks of life while he or she has it; that there’s no need to rush thing and let hype get to you, causing you to run into a dead end, literally and figuratively speaking.
Like Mos, Mbappé has statisticians across the world doing the Mathematics trying to figure out if his impressive start to professional life makes him the next Thierry Henry. But media and fans need to observe the speed law in their judgement of this French wunderkind; slow down and appreciate this unique talent and his potential before putting him on such a pedestal.
Kylian Mbappé-Lottin has set French football and Europe alight with some blazing performances this season, courting the attraction of Europe’s biggest clubs. One of them, Real Madrid, was even rejected by him, as confirmed by Los Blancos boss, Zinedine Zidane, last week as he opted to stay home and play in the principality, where he has been since 2013. The 18-year-old Mbappé’s brace for Ligue 1 leading Monaco at Caen on Sunday capped off another win for his club, giving him 12 league goals and 19 in all competitions on the season thus far and gaining increasing faith from manager, Leonardo Jardim, as he’s become a regular in a starting lineup for a title-chasing team.
Mbappé comes from a sporting family, perhaps explaining where he got some of his athletic gene from. His Algerian mother, Fayza, was a former handball player, his older brother and Congolese native, Jirès Kembo Ekoko, played at Rennes for six seasons, while his Cameroonian father and agent, Wilfried, is a football coach and was on AS Bondy’s staff when Mbappé was a member of their academy. Like many young French players who have a high ceiling, Mbappé impressed during a stint at the famous Clairefontaine academy before Monaco snapped him up.