Mbappe's poor form has caused concern and unhappiness among fans
boss Mauricio Pochettino has backed Killian Mbappe following recent criticism of the French striker.
Mbappe has scored just two goals in his last seven games, having scored nine in seven first games of the season. Critics say he has lost focus and form, and this weak form has led him to put less effort into the games.
In the last 5 games, he has not had a single shot in two games and has made more than two dribbles in only one game. He lost possession against Marseille 19 times, which angered the fans, but the Argentine coach defended him.
"I'm very happy with Kylian's form,"
Pochettino told a news conference.
"He is an important player for us. He is trying hard for the team. I'm happy with his effort and his involvement against Marseille.
"As with everything, we are always looking to improve but I'm pleased with Mbappe's effort and commitment. He's played 90 minutes in all three games [since Pochettino's arrival], which shows I'm pleased with the way he is performing.
"So much is expected of him and he's in the spotlight, but as I said, I'm very pleased with him and, over time, he'll get goals and more assists."