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In fact, Petit has encouraged the player to "take a step back" and regenerate himself.
In his last four appearances for PSG, Mbappe has failed to find the net once. But despite his recent dip in form, the World Cup winner has managed to score 17 times in all competitions this season.
The former Arsenal and Monaco midfelder, however, remains critical.
"Apart from the problems related to his physique and possibly his mind, I have the impression that he has become entangled in his brain and that he needs to take a step back and regenerate himself." Petit told RMC Sport.
"But it happens to all players. He has a body expression that doesn't seem positive to me. I have the feeling that he is 'Neymarised', that he wants to do what Neymar does on the pitch when he does not have the qualities of Neymar at all.
"I also have the impression that his opponents have analysed his main quality, speed. The real quality of this boy is to play on spontaneity and not to take the lead."
Emmanuel Petit: "I have the feeling that Mbappe is 'neymarised' that he wants to do what Neymar does on the pitch when he doesn't have the qualities of Neymar at all."
- Bolarinwa Olajide (@iambolar) January 10, 2021
Petit's comments have certainly caused a stir amongst fans but Twitter user @Sandro_GLC18 has posted a compilation of Mbappe's recent performance against Marseille that may suggest Petit is onto something.
The 22-year-old can be seen losing possession on several occasions in the clip, trying 'flicks and tricks' that the French forward isn't exactly renowned for.
You could even suggest the Frenchman is trying too hard in certain positions. Check out the below footage and see for yourself.
"I have the feeling that Mbappe is 'Neymarised' that he wants to do what Neymar does on the pitch when he doesn't have the qualities of Neymar at all" -Emmanuel Petit
Watch this it's spot on pic.twitter.com/pyfZQRAs5b
- Sandro (@Sandro_GLC18) January 15, 2021
Thoughts on Petit's recent comments about Mbappe? Is he being 'Neymarised' at the Parc des Princes?
Let us know in the comments.
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@Sandro_GLC18
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