The man who brought the 20-year-old to the Parc des Princes believes that Didier Deschamp's team is best at letting the striker decide on his role
Marc Westerloppe, former youth recruiting director of Paris Saint-Germain, believes that it is now up to Kylian Mbappe to play for France.
The 20-year-old was part of the side that suffered a 2-0 defeat by Turkey in qualifying for the EURO 2020 on Saturday, when Les Bleus scored no goals.
Mbappe played both as a central striker and as a winger for Didier Deschamps, and Westerloppe believes he should decide which position to use in the best.
"I think it's mainly up to him to know where he wants to play," he said L'Equipe,
"If you have a player like him, you have to put him in the best possible conditions. There are not fifty other players like him.
"Football has evolved and today, in 4-3-3, we have players who act as false winger to make a difference right in the game.
"If you play alone on the attacking spike, it's a bit more complicated now, as the ball does not always arrive.
"If you have the qualities of Kylian, it's a shame because he has to touch the ball.
"Kylian has tremendous potential and has already proven that he has little experience in being able to be effective for France."
Mbappe has certainly proved to be an effective tool in the French national team, although she was only 20 in December – just over five months after they had equalized in the World Cup final victory against Croatia.
Westerloppe, now working at the Stade Rennais, believes he can contribute to his 12 international goals – but only if he has the freedom to play in the attack as he wishes without being reclaimed.
"It's important that he keeps his energy so he can play the final ball in the attack," he continued.
"He needs freedom, he is a player who demands the ball at his feet and makes the difference with a goal, a support or a run.
"Would he always be consistent and efficient if he defended as if he were attacking?
"Kylian is a player who likes to touch the ball – he can not stay ten minutes without one, so it's important for him to play in a team that controls the game."