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M’Baye Niang’s wild side and off-the-pitch misdemeanours put him on par with Mario Balotelli

Watford forward M’Baye Niang is on loan at Vicarage Road until the end of the season, and Walter Mazzarri will be hoping to tame him off the pitch.

The Frenchman got his spell with the Hornets off to a perfect start at the weekend, contributing an assist and a goal in the 2-1 win over Burnley.

However, for those hoping to see more personalities in the Premier League, the 22-year-old is your man as he has been up to plenty off the pitch in his short career already.

With a vast array of haircuts and wildly inconsistent performances on the pitch, he has also allegedly scrapped with Mario Balotelli on the training ground, and grassed him up to coaches for smoking on a train on their way to an away game against Fiorentina, as per The Sun.

Meanwhile, he’s been involved in two car crashes, and on one occasion it was reported that he claimed that he was teammate Bayake Traore as he was driving without a licence. He was handed an 18-month suspended jail term as a result.

Further, he infuriated Milan chiefs when he jumped off a ledge into a pool shortly after recovering  from a long injury layoff, and was linked with sleeping with a transgender woman, Guendalina Rodriguez, in December which made the headlines in Italy.

It has been a whirlwind few years for Niang, with Milan finally losing their patience this season with this being his third loan spell away from the club.

Whether it turns into a permanent switch remains to be seen, but much will surely depend on his ability to sort his act out off the pitch as well as deliver on it.

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