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Paris Saint Germain broke the bank this summer to sign Barcelona’s Neymar Jr for a staggering world-record fee of £198m. And they didn’t stop there. The Parisians then went on to sign Kylian Mbappe on a season-long loan with an agreement to sign him next summer for £166m. With those two new signings and last season’s Ligue 1 top goal-scorer, Edison Cavani, PSG may well possess the best attack in football.
I’m not definitively saying MCN (Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar) are the best attacking trio in the world, but it’s hard to think of a front line more frightening than those three. Perhaps Barcelona’s Messi, Suarez and Dembele, or Real Madrid’s Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale could rival MCN, but it’s very close. I could write endlessly about Real Madrid and Barcelona’s attacks, but for now I’d like to focus on PSG.
I’m going to start with perhaps the weakest member of PSG’s attack, Edison Cavani. Many have criticised the Uruguayan’s finishing ability, highlighting how wasteful he is in front of goal. I agree he isn’t the most efficient striker out there, but he certainly isn’t as bad as people say. Last season he scored 35 goals in 36 games, which was 7 goals more than what any other player in the French league could manage. That being said, he did finish the season with a relatively mediocre 53% shot accuracy (significantly lower than that most of Europe’s other elite strikers).
Cavani’s finishing ability does need to be worked on, but other than that, he’s a good all-round striker. I’m not going to claim he’s the best striker in the world, but he’s more than capable of leading the line in Paris.
PSG’s latest signing, Kylian Mbappe, only sprung to notoriety last season. The 18-year-old exploded onto the scene for Monaco in the Champions League in Spring 2017, which is when the hype around him started to grow. Truthfully, though, he’d already been tearing it up in Ligue 1 that season – he ended the campaign with 26 goals in 44 matches in all competitions.
£166m is a lot to pay for any player, let alone a teenager with very little experience at the highest level. Signing Mbappe was a huge risk for PSG. This risk, though, looks like it might just pay off – the Frenchman has already scored two goals in three games and hasn’t shown any signs of being a one-season wonder.
It’s hard to describe Kylian Mbappe’s play-style. He’s very quick with his feet and has the confidence to try anything while possessing the ability to pull it off. He’s a sensational player and at the age of just 18, the only way is up.
Last, but certainly not least, we have the world’s most expensive footballer, Neymar Jr. The 25-year-old is one of the greatest players of his generation and I have no doubt that he’ll one day win the Ballon d’Or.
In case you aren’t familiar with Neymar, the Brazilian winger signed for PSG this summer for £198m from FC Barcelona. His Barca career was littered with goals, trophies and a whole host of other accolades. Neymar clearly felt it was time to move on though, and I personally think moving to PSG is the best decision of his career (click here to find out why).
Since moving to PSG, Neymar has scored 5 goals and registered 5 assists in just 6 games. For a winger - in fact, for any player - that’s outstanding.
I’m very excited to see how MCN get on this season in Paris. The trio are terrifying in terms of their individual quality. The one problem I have seen, though, is their inability to get on and work together. We've already seen arguments between Neymar and Edison Cavani on the pitch over set-pieces, and if this continues then PSG will be held back. Stuff like this shouldn't be underestimated - you can have the best team in the world, but if the players don't get on the team won't win anything.
The main question I'm here to answer, though, is: are MCN the best front three in the world? To be completely honest, it’s too early to say. They have the potential to do well, but cracks have already started to show in their relationship. Come back to me in a couple of months’ time and I’ll give you a proper answer.