There was a time when Thierry Ambrose was seen as one of the higher prospects in Manchester City’s academy, with many expecting great things from the young French striker.

A successful loan at NAC Breda seemed to confirm this, as the former Auxerre youth player scored 10 goals in 31 appearances for the Dutch side during the 2017-18 season.

However, what followed wasn’t as inspiring, as a temporary spell to Lens was organised, during which he managed to find the back of the net just five times in 40 games, which led to his current club FC Metz in Ligue 1 where there was hope things would pick up again.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case, and the 22-year-old has struggled a lot on loan at the French side, managing just 16 appearances so far, with just three of those being starts.

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As La Semaine explain on Friday, the striker is now third in the pecking order at Metz, and is ‘far from answering to the expectations placed upon him’.

He has yet to score, which hasn’t been helped by the fact a lot of his outings have come on the wings, but there is some more criticism, as the newspaper label him ‘sometimes too individualistic’.

They do have some praise, however, as they state his ability to be  ‘unpredictable’ can make him ‘dangerous’ for opposing defences.

With main striker Habib Diallo suspended after getting sent off against Lyon, there might be hope for him to get a couple of games through the middle, but he’ll first need to convince his manager, Vincent Hognon, that he should be picked instead of Ibrahima Niane.