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Watford may well have just secured one of the most astute loan signings of the January window

Friday 27th January 2017
Watford has certainly been rolling along rather nicely under the guidance of the tactician Walter Mazzarri this season, with The Hornets already looking out of a potential relegation dogfight. Now, they could be targeting a top ten push in the second half of the season, after an asute deal was made to bring in a talented forward on loan.
Yesterday, the London club confirmed the news that M'Baye Niang will join them on an initial six-month deal, with the Premier League side able to purchase the France U21 international outright when the summer comes around.

Niang began his career in his native France with Caen, where he was known as one of the hottest prospects to come out of their academy. At seventeen, he was picked up by AC Milan and began breaking records there; as he became their youngest ever scorer at the time.

The now 22-year-old has been in and out of the AC Milan side in recent years, and during the first half of the current campaign, he has made just nineteen appearances – finding the back of the net just three times.

It looks as though he is desperate to get regular playing time on the football field, and that is where former Inter Milan coach Mazzarri decided to step in and take a gamble on the forward.

As avid FIFA players know (I know, I'm sad), M'Baye Niang's biggest asset is his speed. Watford's new signing has that turn of pace that'll strike fear into every centre-back across the country, and if he's given the regular opportunities that his ability deserves, I've no doubt he'll succeed here.

I believe that this move seems to be perfect for both club and player right now. Niang will be absolutely desperate to prove his worth because, at the end of the day, he's fighting for a full-time contract at Vicarage Road. On top of that, the current strikers Mazzarri has at his disposal haven't been anywhere near at the top of their game – That's epitomised by the fact that their main man Troy Deeney has just five league goals to his name.

His career may have stunted due to a lack of playing time, but a new lease of life gives Niang a real chance to get right back on track. Now it's up to him to prove his worth to the manager in training and force his way into the starting eleven as soon as possible. Once he gets that moment, he has to grab it with both hands and not let go – and I firmly believe he is capable of doing exactly that.

Huge respect has to go to the Watford boss for making this move happen as well, as it is a risk but that's what football is all about. Should this one pay off, Watford could be reaping the benefits for the next few years, and I really wish him the best of luck in succeeding here in England.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.


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