Last summer, when the Chronicle linked free agent Kingsley Coman with a move to Newcastle United and Goal.com suggested he was wanted by Arsenal, it looked like the big French talent was Premier League bound.
The teenager then opted for a move to Italian side Juventus. On Thursday night, the 18-year-old scored his first ever senior goal for the Old Lady in the 6-1 cup victory over Hellas Verona and English fans will have to watch on with envy as the young winger looks set for a long and dazzling career in Serie A.
After two seasons in the Paris Saint-Germain first-team setup, Coman had only managed to play 41 minutes of first-team football and unhappy with his treatment, he declined a new contract and made the free move to Juventus. Coman later described the Italian club's history with French players as the reason they won the battle for his signature.
“Juventus has a history with French players. Some of them did very well. So I told myself, why not me? I thought about it a lot. I had to take a decision regarding PSG," the Daily Mail quoted Coman as saying to L'Equipe.
Last night, Coman came off the bench after 65 minutes, and quickly showed why he is so highly regarded. Cutting in from the left, the winger kept his run going across the 18-yard box before firing a brilliant shot high past goalkeeper Rafael.
Coman is now part of the France Under-21 set-up, recently scoring against England in a friendly. His record is impressive, playing 31 games for the various youth sides, usually a few years younger than the age range he represented.
He should really be a star of the Under-19s, but he has shown he is good enough to play beside the likes of Yaya Sanogo and Florian Thauvin.
Coman is often cited as the next Paul Pogba, but the differences are very apparent in both players' abilities and styles. Juventus will be delighted with the progress Coman has made since his move to Turin and the eight appearances he has made so far.
After the success of Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane, and beside the ever-impressive Pogba, there is a bright French future at the Italian club, with Arsenal and Newcastle United fans looking on, thinking what could have been.