Niang learning from past mistakes

M’Baye Niang says he joined Watford to improve and learn from his mistakes in order to be able to “return to the top”.

The 22-year-old AC Milan winger signed for the Hornets on a loan deal this season, having spent the past two seasons out on loan at Montpellier and Genoa.

The France U21 international admits he made some bad choices during his time in Serie A and is working hard to rectify those errors.

He told The Guardian: "When we’re young, we all have problems.

“Certainly, go back two or three years, and I was still making mistakes. Silly mistakes. Mistakes which hurt me. Now I’d like to think I am a bit more mature, a bit wiser, and I understand more about life and the way things work.

"These days, I can fall back on my experiences to help me. I can learn from those mistakes."

He added: "It’s still early to say I feel ‘at home’ here, I’ve only just arrived, but I’d like to stay in England. It’s a style of football that I adore. You need to be strong to do well here, and I have that. I’m all about strength, pace, skill, taking people on.

“I’m working. I can do that freely here, enjoying my football, playing regularly, learning. I know I was at Milan, but sometimes you have to take a step down to come back stronger.

“I have always lived by the principle that, whatever happens, it’s never about ‘failure’. It’s about learning so you can improve and return to the top."

Niang was tipped for a bright future after signing for Milan from Caen but having lost his way, the talented young forward knows he has a challenge on his hands to get back to his previous level.

“I was at a big club, playing with big players. Now I’ve come here because, obviously, I need to learn more. So I will get my head down and work like a dog. If I do that then I will return to the top level again."