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One For The Future - M'Baye Niang

Monday 17th December 2012
This week our youth scout gives us the lowdown on M'Baye Niang from AC Milan.

The Facts:

Name: M'Baye Niang

Age: 17

Nationality: French

Club: AC Milan

Position: Striker

The Lowdown:

M'Baye Niang is only 17 but he has already made the move to one of Europe's biggest clubs when he signed for AC Milan in the summer of 2012.

Niang is primarily a striker but can play as a left or right winger and even as a central attacking midfielder due to the technique he possesses.

The young Frenchman, who is also eligible to play for Senegal, signed for Milan from French side Caen where he first broke onto the scene in the 2010/11 season as a 16 year old.

In his breakthrough season Niang scored 3 goals in 7 games for the club and became a key member of the side for the 2011/12 season where he featured 23 times, but, only scored 2 goals.

Even with this poor goal scoring record in his second season at Caen his performances still earned Niang interest from both Arsenal and AC Milan and he joined the latter on the 28th August 2012.

Since his move Niang has only featured 4 times for Milan but he did become the second youngest player to ever score for the club at the age of 17 years and 350 days with a goal against Reggina in the Coppa Italia.

Niang is known for his physical attributes possessing great speed and strength for a player so young, however, he is also renowned for the technical side of his game with dribbling being a particular asset.

Niang is right footed and 6 foot tall with a physique much beyond his years making him a threat to defences.

He is already at a club with great facilities and a great reputation and it will be interesting to see if he can fulfil the potential that he has been said to have on multiple occasions.

 

 

 

Alex Anderson
Alex started supporting Arsenal at a young age and witnessed many successful years as a boy, even having the pleasure of supporting 'The Invincibles.' On the other side of this, he has also witnessed the long, painful wait for a trophy and the hurt of seeing his idols leaving the club on a regular basis. His favourite people within football are: Wenger, Vieira, Bergkamp, Fabregas and of course Henry whose signed shirt he has hung up on his wall. Robin van Persie would have been on that list also but we all know the reason for his omission. Alex is currently in his second year at the Univeristy of Central Lancashire where he is studying Sports Journalism and he hopes to get a job within the industry on finishing his degree.

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