When “Fan Favorite”- Steven Naismith departed for Norwich last month, Evertonians were left wondering who or if anyone was going to fill the void. Martinez, who not unlike his predecessor, has a tendency to leave business in the transfer window until the dying minutes and as the deadline drew closer it looked as though Everton would come out the other side a weaker team. However, as the window started to come to a close rumors began circulating and the name ‘Oumar Niasse’ was on every Evertonians lips. Thus the bombardment of YouTube videos and Fifa stats began.
A medical was passed, personal terms were agreed and a £13.5mil price-tag was accepted which meant that the transfer of the Senegalese Striker from Lokomotiv Moscow was complete. This was Everton’s third most expensive transfer in the clubs history.
The 25 year old striker was named Russian Player of the Year in 2015 and had already bagged 12 goals for his previous side this season. Roberto Martinez described the new signing as a ‘diverse’ player who can play as both a striker and out on the wing – qualities in which he shared with the man he replaced. The new addition could prove a breath of fresh air for both: the Everton players and the fans as he will provide competition for star striker Romelu Lukaku as well as Arouna Kone who, despite having scored 7 this season, is struggling to find consistent form.
There was no denying that a lot of fans didn’t have a clue who he was, yet Oumar knew who Everton were. After discovering that the club showed interest in him in the summer, Niasse began to keep an eye on the Merseysider’s as he knew there could still be a possible transfer on and the attacking football Martinez enjoys adapting to his play will have been a great incentive for the move. Not that the striker would have needed any more convincing that this was the right club for him but he just so happened to be close friends, and team-mates, with former Toffee-man Manuel Fernandes. -Evertonians: They’re bloody everywhere.- Manuel was apparently very supportive on his proposed move saying “Everton is a great club, and if you can go, you should go”… Always though that guy had his head screwed on right…
Despite a short cameo as a replacement for Lukaku against Bournemouth, the fans are yet to really see what he is all about but lets hope he can carry his impressive form over to the BPL.
Niasse is gonna be class.