On the 1st of February 2016 Roberto Martinez made what would be his final signing as the Everton boss. Oumar Niasse was bought for £13.5 million from Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow but after only 152 minutes of game time Ronald Koeman deemed him not good enough and banished him to the under 23’s.
Oumar eventually got a loan move to the now relegated side Hull City. In 19 appearances the Senegalese centre forward bagged himself 5 goals which included strikes against Liverpool and Manchester United. Yet as Hull finally found themselves relegated, the option to buy Niasse was not taken up and he returned to Merseyside where his future looked bleak at best.
Fast forward to Deadline Day 2017 – A deal for Niasse to Crystal Palace fallen through + No replacement for Lukaku brought in. It was time for Koeman to eat his words.
Suddenly a squad number was issued and for the first time in over a year Oumar Niasse was back training with the first team. I cannot name another player in this day in age that has shown as much professionalism as Niasse has. He’s kept his head down, kept his mouth shut and got to work and, if one believes in Karma, there is no doubt he is definitely getting what he deserves.
After a poor start of the season an easier run of games was on the horizon for Everton starting with a League Cup (Carabao Cup) tie against Sunderland. Niasse finally found himself on the bench and when his name was eventually called to be substituted onto the pitch he grabbed his opportunity with both hands by netting a beautifully taken goal assisted by under 23’s team mate Tom Davies. You’d think we’d just scored the winner against the shite the way I celebrated!
But the fairy tale didn’t end there…
0-1 down at Goodison against Bournemouth – Koemans job is potentially on the line – we need a hero – HE needs a hero.
55th minute – Enter Niasse
77th minute – 1-1 Niasse
82nd minute- 2-1 Niasse
Bang bang, job done, you’re welcome. NIASSE YOU LEGEND.
You can’t help but love the guy. Even after all he’s been through he still won’t say a bad word about Koeman. To be fair to him, the boss did what had to be done and it lead to an important win so hopefully it was a learning curve for the Dutchman and he sees both Niasse and Davies have to be on the pitch.
There no doubt he’s not the most prolific striker in the world but as long as Davies can keep delivering the right service he’ll keep getting his shot away. He is pace, he is physical and he is a workhorse and that is what we need right now. Forget that Lukaku fella, its all about King Oumar.