He was likened to Didier Drogba in the summer and linked with a move to Everton, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. However the French youngster M'Baye Niang now finds himself out of favour for club and country barely four months into his AC Milan career. Have they dodged a bullet?
He was one of the hottest prospects in Europe this summer and this was no different in England where Arsenal and Everton were in hot pursuit of the teenage French sensation M’Baye Niang. In fact at one point it was reported that Everton had agreed a deal to sign him from French club Caen in a £2 million deal.
David Moyes was thoroughly impressed with the striker during a trial spell at the club but unfortunately this deal never came to fruition and in August he finally chose a destination when he arrived at AC Milan in an undisclosed deal.
Now however Everton are reportedly courting the player in a loan-deal, so have the Premier League sides dodged a bullet on a potential poisoned chalice?
He came with plenty of hype and overtures to Drogba but the French youngster has courted more controversy than anything else during his time in Milan. Restricted to just the one appearance there is growing speculation that he has already become unsettled in Italy.
It must be difficult for the youngster. Despite being just 18-years-old he was previously a regular at his former club playing week-in-week out and now he finds himself watching from the stands as his team struggle in Serie A.
His agent confirmed that a loan-deal would not be happening in January as he felt that AC Milan would not be willing to let him go but did nothing to suggest his client was happy in Milan.
He has courted more controversy with his national side after being banned along with Yann M’Vila and other French youngsters for a year after an unauthorised trip to a Paris nightclub prior to defeat at the hand of Norway in a Under-21s European Championship qualifying match.
He was also stopped for driving without a license earlier in the season and while Italian striker Mario Balotelli gets passed off as a loveable rogue by much of the British population the Rossoneri are less understanding when it comes to off the pitch misdemeanours.
He is only young and of course at that age a human being is bound to make mistakes yet you cannot help but wonder whether the Premier League sides have dodged a bullet on a player who in a very short period has made more headlines off the pitch then on it.
Should Everton and Arsenal be glad they missed out on a potentially troublesome character?
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