Keita Baldé is slowly helping Monaco forget about Kylian Mbappé

Keita Baldé has scored twice and laid on two assists in his last four games for Monaco, showing there is life after Kylian Mbappé for the Ligue 1 champions

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Keita Baldé Diao, the Senegalese forward who joined Monaco from Lazio this summer for €30m, was prepared to be compared with Kylian Mbappé. “I was expecting it,” he said recently when asked about Mbappé. “We’re both young players. But I’ve come to write my story, to play my game. I don’t want to be compared with anyone. My goal is to play as many matches as possible, to score and provide.” After his recent performances, Keita may find those comparisons harder to avoid, particularly if Monaco sustain their title challenge into the new year.

The 22-year-old scored a well taken goal in Monaco’s 2-0 win at Bordeaux on Saturday, his second in his last two starts, having scored in Monaco’s 2-0 win against Caen the weekend before. Keita also laid on assists in his two previous games for the club – their 1-1 draw against Montpellier and 3-2 defeat at Lyon. He is starting to live up to the potential he first showed as a young player in Barcelona.

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