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One to Watch: SM Caen’s M’Baye Niang

The youngest debutant in SM Caen’s history is set to take the French Ligue  by storm in the next few seasons and will undoubtedly be on the radar of some of Europe’s top clubs.

Niang is the second youngest player to score in the top French tier ever in history and has become a regular in the Caen side.

Niang has played for France at Under-16 and Under-17 level, grabbing three goals at the Under-16s. The Senegalese-born striker once expressed his desire to pledge his national allegiance to Senegal but has since decided that it is France where he wants to play internationally throughout his career.

At 16-years-old, Niang was called-up to play for Senegal in a friendly match against Morocco but rejected the invitation and therefore showing his true desire for France.

Amazingly, Niang was a regular in the reserve squad at Caen at the tender age of 15. He joined the club when he was 13 from Poissy.

Niang is the typical athletic striker. He has lightning pace and the strength to match. He has been likened to Thierry Henry and it’s no surprise that Arsenal are rumoured to be enquiring about the youngster.

His current contract expires in 2014 and a price of around £8 million has been slapped on his forehead. Tottenham, Chelsea and Juventus are amongst the other parties involved.

After a disappointing 15th place finish last season Caen will be hoping their young striker, along with new signing Pierre-Alain Frau can propel them into mid-table and hopefully if Niang stays, maybe one day the Europa League.

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