Kylian Mbappe going through mental, not physical fatigue
After having a monster start to the season, Kylian Mbappe has struggled to make an impact in recent games. The leader of PSG reached the World Cup final with France, but he's been an afterthought after that. Is it a physical, or a mental problem?
According to L'Equipe, after the French newspaper reached out to sources close to Mbappe, it is all down to psychological struggles hampering the France international's levels of performance of late.
The PSG forward has gone through so many events this season that all of the burdens might be starting to pile up on him and preventing the player from excelling on the pitch, thus explaining his poor form through the second half of the season.
In the last five games played by PSG, spanning more than a month (because of the March international break), Mbappe has scored just one goal while not contributing anything else that is worth highlighting or remarkable.
Obviously, some athletic fatigue must also be hitting the player considering the huge load of games he's had to play in this particular season (approaching 50 in all competitions, including the World Cup and other international matches).
As L'Equipe sums it up, Mbappe has gone through multiple high-stakes events this season. A contract extension, the rebuild of PSG, some image-right issues, a World Cup, the Le Graet affair, and getting named Captain of the France senior team.
Not to mention, the last episode concerning the video for the renewal of season tickets by supporters.
That said, L'Equipe recently published its particular top-30 list of the most important personalities building French football through the 2022 calendar year a few weeks ago...
...and not surprisingly, Kylian Mbappe topped the list built by L'Equipe for the 2022 year after already making it all the way there a few years before this one.
With eight games yet to be played, Mbappe can still fix his second half of the season, scoring a bunch of goals, and helping PSG win another Ligue 1 title.