Niang: “I am going through a difficult time, I will let Lapadula take the next penalty because he deserves it”

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M'Baye Niang missing a penalty during Roma-Milan at Stadio Olimpico on the 12th of December 2016. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
M’Baye Niang missing a penalty during Roma-Milan at Stadio Olimpico on the 12th of December 2016. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

M’Baye Niang says ‘at these moments you have to get your head down and work’ but believes Milan did well against Roma.

After the very negative performance against Crotone last night, which also included a missed penalty, it was thought that coach Montella will drop Niang against Roma on Monday night and play Keisuke Honda from the start.

However, the Frenchman was given the start and although he did better than last week, Niang still provided a relatively poor performance and once again missed from the spot. The Rossoneri lost 1-0 in the battle for second place and the fans have all been wondering ‘what if’ Niang scored that goal in the 27′ minute.

“The penalty? I am going through a difficult time,” Niang told MilanTV at the end of the match. “I took the responsibility of the penalty again on Monday and I am really sorry, but at these moments when things go wrong you have to get your head down and work. There’s no problem with Lapadula.

“Before the spot-kick he told me to focus and stay calm. I’ll let Lapadula take the next one, as he deserves it and is going through a period where he has more confidence than me [Lapadula earned the penalty both against Crotone and against Roma but Niang was the designated kicker].

M'Baye Niang and Stephan El Shaarawy during Roma-Milan at Stadio Olimpico on the 12th of December 2016 (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Niang and El Shaarawy during Roma-Milan at Stadio Olimpico on the 12th of December 2016 (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

“The match [Milan conceded in the 62 minute from Radja Nainggolan]? In my view, we played a great game and we really managed to put onto the pitch what we practice in training. They did well to score with their only chance, but we have to continue like this because we are doing really good.

“Our strength is the team, we’ve been saying that since the start of the season. I am convinced that if we play like this then we’ll certainly get the three points against Atalanta on Saturday. We’re playing at San Siro and we hope that in the last game of 2016 all the fans will be with the team.”

It will be interesting to see what Montella will do regarding Niang on Saturday when the Diavolo host Atalanta (18:00 CET kickoff) as Giacomo Bonaventura is expected to return to the squad by then.

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Sangalo
Sangalo
4 years ago

Niang, you never had a better time. I wasn’t surprise, because I knew it will surely end the way it did. Elsharawy is so predictable but you are not better, you are not creative and your finishing is even worst than that of Bonera. My candid advice to Milan is to sell this guy before he becomes a liability to the team.

Kourosh
Kourosh
4 years ago

To be fair, he struck the ball fairly well both times, specially the one against Crotone. Maybe the one against Roma was not great positionally but the technique was good. They were just two great saves by the GKs.

But his missed penalty-kicks are not his issue right now in my opinion. It’s everything else that he does! He was instrumental in our start to the season but is going through an awful period of form now.

Pelle80
Pelle80
4 years ago

Good morning Niang!

Jetnor
Jetnor
4 years ago

Niang! Good luck to ac milan with him up front

L96ai
L96ai
4 years ago

Some of great players have to go through “difficult” period in their careers.. Ibra was deemed as a flop when he joined barca, pirlo was deemed a flop when he was in inter.. balotelli was a flop in milan and l’pool.. so, yeah.. My advice to Niang (if he reads this comment) is to keep your head down and work on your greatest asset.. messi is short but he emphasize himself in the dribbling aspect.. inzaghi can’t do jack shit but he always knows how to decoy the defenders.. Niang’s biggest asset is pace. He should improve this together with… Read more »

YK
YK
4 years ago
Reply to  L96ai

Seriously speaking just like Aubameyang

Pelle80
Pelle80
4 years ago
Reply to  L96ai

I totally agree with you, and he should do alot of work to improve his footwork. Sometimes he doesnt know if he is to use his left or right. I wish him speedy recovery(lol)

Sangalo
Sangalo
4 years ago

Being a wide striker you need to possess five characteristics which are pace, dribbling skills, creativity and good finishing. For an average wide man, you need to possess at least two of these but for Niang? He only possess one out of these, which in my own opinion is total failure. Sorry to say, he’s one of the lucky player in the squad.

angry birds
angry birds
4 years ago
Reply to  Sangalo

WTF, thats four characteristic! pace, dribbling skills, creativity and good finishing, you said 5 lol…

kaycee
kaycee
4 years ago
Reply to  angry birds

count it your self, its 5, he needs to think fast as well

Kourosh
Kourosh
4 years ago
Reply to  angry birds

LoL :))

ABULEFON FEMI MICHAEL
ABULEFON FEMI MICHAEL
4 years ago

this niag is such a sh*t dat i dont want 2 see in this milan starting lineup again, if probably consider selling in the winter, i have been monitoring his game for some time now but i dont see real improvement in his style of play, i fear niag dont waste our chances of getting to top three or being scudetto contender this season, he such a liability, remember this niag wasted our chances of getting to semifinal against barcelona when he wasted one on one chances that led to our ousted from the competition, the same goes for crotone… Read more »

Ld
Ld
4 years ago

i remember the Barca match vividly. i hit my hand so hard on the table after the miss, i felt the pain for weeks.
The dude can be frustrating a times but he posses raw strength and maybe needs Bonaventura to perform at optimum capacity.

kaycee
kaycee
4 years ago

i really was disappointed with all the missed penalty, but main look at it, he was not just lucky, all the penalties that he took can score, but he really needs to improve in some aspect of his game if he really want to be a milan starter

Kourosh
Kourosh
4 years ago

I think he’s much better playing off the main striker in a free role where he can just pop up anywhere up front, the way Mihajlovic used to play him. After all, he can play in right, left or center equally well. That way, he can exploit his biggest trait which is his unpredictability to the fullest. When he’s “confined” to the left, his tricks get limited and his moves are more predictable for smart defenders after a while. But we’re not playing that way and it’s not an option with our current formation. He needs to work A LOT… Read more »

JAMilan
JAMilan
4 years ago

Is it just me that thinks the description of the picture is messed up lol

caesar
caesar
4 years ago
Reply to  JAMilan

He looks like a peacock! LOL… but I love him though

Mojdanis
Mojdanis
4 years ago

Sorry bro, you are just not good enough for us. You have dribbling skills of an average right back. In this formation you can only be striker and as a striker you would have to compete as a third option with Luiz Adriano. Best option: loan or sell with buyback clause

Sangalo
Sangalo
4 years ago

Buy back! Mjodanis, this guy can never improve. He’s been in the limelight before the likes of martial and Coeman yet he can’t manage one single national call up.

gazonga
gazonga
4 years ago

how could he blame it to him being in a difficult time? is he on debt? chased by mafia? did someone died, sick or in hospital or something? niang should stop acting like a conceited little kid. he got to grow up. someday just like against roma there ain’t nobody that will cover his weakness he got to take the initiative and take responsibility so he better be prepared. tbh, he can be good player (at least) but sometime he can’t made the right decision and use his best feat do meaningless thing. the penalty is not the only disappointment.… Read more »

Sheva
Sheva
4 years ago

You never been good, and those who say that they see a potential in you are the same ppl who believed galliani regarding the FFP rule ( which by the way only was there for milan no other club)