Mbaye Niang


{Profile Sent-In 19/07/2012}

Date of Birth:- 19 December 1994

Nationality:- French

Height:- 6 ft 0 in

Position:- Striker, winger or attacking midfielder

Club History:- SM Caen

Linked With:-Arsenal.

- Manchester City.

- Tottenham.

- Liverpool.

- AC Milan

Estimated Market Value:- 1 million-5 million Pounds.

Club career:-

-In April 2011- Niang made his professional debut, at the age of 16 in a league match against Toulouse.

-Niang made his first start the following week in a 4-0 away win over Nice.

-On 8 May- he scored his first professional goal in a 1-1 draw with Lens.

-Three days later, Niang scored the equalizing goal in another 1-1 draw, this time with Rennes.

International career:-

-In December 2009, he earned his first international call-up at under-16 level under coach Patrick Gonfalone for friendly matches against Belgium.

-In the second match against Belgium held two days later, he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win.

-Niang returned to the under-16 team in January 2010 to participate in the 2010 edition of the Aegean Cup in Turkey.

-At under-17 level, Niang was among Gonfalone's first call-ups and made his debut at a European tournament in Serbia in the team's opening group stage match against the hosts.

-Due to being born in France to Senegalese parents, Niang is eligible to represent the Senegal national team at international level. But chooses to play for France instead.

-He made his under-21 debut in the qualifier against Latvia appearing as a substitute in the 72nd minute. After 15 minutes on the field, Niang scored his first goal for the team. France won the match 3-0.

Club Statistics:-

2010/2011 season- 7 appearances 3 goals.

2011/2012 season- 23 appearances 2 goals.

International statistics:-

France U16 - 2009/2010 season - 6 appearances 3 goals.

France U17 - 2010 - 8 appearances 0 goals.

France U21 - 2011 - 2 appearances 1 goal.

General Comments:

Where to start with Niang, Wonder-kid. that's the first thing that comes into your head. His No.9 shirt gives some clue to his style, but Niang isn't a penalty-box striker. Instead, he works off the shoulder of the last defender, relying on his pace, power and cool head to produce his goals.

As a result, it is difficult to see him making an immediate impression in the Premier League, where the defenders are the fastest and strongest in the world, and where the mental strain and pressure is arguably greatest. But the kid is still young, and in all honestly if he goes to the premier league (which i think he will, with Arsenal probably) it wont be long till he settles in. He's a natural goalscorer you can see this, and with the right care and attention he could become world class.

Summary of Niang:-

Strengths- tall, powerful, fast and confident in front of goal.

Weaknesses- has to improve tactically (I have no doubt he will) other than that i cant think of any other weaknesses.