A £13.5m signing from Lokomotiv Moscow, Niasse has failed to impress during the few first-team outings he was given under former Blues boss Roberto Martinez and during pre-season under Koeman and was made available for transfer over the summer.
Rumoured to have rejected a loan move back to Russia so that he could stay in England with his wife and infant son, Niasse was demoted to the Under-23s this season, with Koeman saying that he saw no role for the striker in the first team.
Since then, the 26-year-old has found his feet somewhat in Premier League 2 where he has scored five times in seven games, including a recent hat-trick in a 6-3 win over Reading.
Koeman was asked about the possibility of Niasse playing his way back into first-team contention but the Dutchman indicated that it was unlikely he would reconsider his stance, even if he left the door slightly ajar.
“I hope he scores a hat-trick every week in the under-23s," Koeman said in his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow's trip to Burnley.
"I never say never in football but the decision I took is not to change and it's between us.”
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1 Posted 22/10/2016 at 08:11:19
2 Posted 22/10/2016 at 08:39:53
There is something much more sinister about this one. A very odd affair.
3 Posted 22/10/2016 at 08:42:20
Just let things settle down. Wait and see. I'm far from saying he will be a first team player but remember the old Latin phrase your mother used. 'Deus nobis haec otis fecit' If you keep picking, it will never get better.
4 Posted 22/10/2016 at 09:47:28
5 Posted 22/10/2016 at 10:01:47
Niasse didn't want to go back to Russia and stayed to be with his family. Certainly can't blame him for that. He'd been away from them for long enough and was finally reunited. I'd have done the same thing.
Hopefully an offer will come in for him that allows him to stay with his family and play elsewhere. The problem is finding a team that will pay the wage he is on. Why would he leave for less?
6 Posted 22/10/2016 at 10:02:27
Such is the gap between Under-23 level and the Premier League, it would require a major injury crisis before he would be considered. If he keeps scoring goals, perhaps a club will take a punt on him in January.
7 Posted 22/10/2016 at 10:19:56
8 Posted 22/10/2016 at 10:37:34
We'll probably never know, though, and we do need to get rid of him.
10 Posted 22/10/2016 at 12:39:40
Everton, to our detriment, are analogous to a relatively small boat (relative to the ocean anyway), with an engine (Lukaku) vulnerable to the elements.
11 Posted 22/10/2016 at 13:05:34
12 Posted 22/10/2016 at 13:14:03
I don't dislike the guy, only seen a couple of pantomime performance highlights so can't really comment about his football ability, and without knowing the ins and outs, I actually feel a bit sorry for him (notwithstanding all the £40k a week sweetener and so on).
If he does keep banging in the goals and still gets the cold shoulder, you have to start wondering if that is all he has or quite what has gone on. The silence is deafening on this one and I guess something will surface sooner or later.
In the meantime, we have to keep our eyes and ears open for that Rom support/backup because a quick look at the all-season goals clips on YouTube, right now, shows how indispensable he is, particularly when you look at our current so-called back-up.
13 Posted 22/10/2016 at 13:28:32
West Ham recently had a similar situation with Simone Zaza where they have to pay an installment after a certain number of games but he's been benched because he hasn't exactly hit the ground running. And of course we all remember what happened to Michael Ball at Rangers under similar circumstances...
14 Posted 22/10/2016 at 13:31:21
15 Posted 22/10/2016 at 14:30:40
16 Posted 22/10/2016 at 14:34:08
Hopefully he can fluke a few more in the U23s and get a move where we recoup some kind of fee.
17 Posted 22/10/2016 at 14:46:04
'I hope he scores a hat-trick every week in the under-23s...but the decision I took is not to change and it's between us.'
Isn't he admitting that any amount of footballing improvement will never be enough?
18 Posted 22/10/2016 at 17:27:15
If a player says he's going to do all he can, work hard, is performing well, but the manager says there is absolutely no chance his mind will be changed, what example does that set for every other player?
I'm beginning to understand the concerns that were raised before he was hired, going back to his days at Valencia.
19 Posted 22/10/2016 at 18:36:42
20 Posted 22/10/2016 at 18:44:25
21 Posted 22/10/2016 at 19:23:29
22 Posted 22/10/2016 at 19:28:37
23 Posted 22/10/2016 at 23:12:46
Koeman watched him play 45 mins on an Austrian hillside in a pre-pre-season kickabout (admittedly he was rubbish, but all of them were ring rusty and just looking for fitness) and wrote him off forever!
Someone had a word in his ear about Niasse. I still say there's mileage in him being a ringer and the Club don't want another 'George Weah's cousin' debacle that Southampton and Souness have never lived down. Either that or he's done something terrible off the pitch and somebody up top wants him gone.
You don't spend that sort of money on transfer and wages and then never play them! It's absurd.
Something definitely going on...
24 Posted 22/10/2016 at 23:58:28
Strange choice of words!
Maybe there is a lot more to the assault charge against his wife than meets the eye.
25 Posted 22/10/2016 at 00:05:09
26 Posted 23/10/2016 at 00:22:02
27 Posted 23/10/2016 at 00:25:47
Whatever the reason, it needs addressing with the way our supporting players to Lukaku are failing.
28 Posted 23/10/2016 at 05:28:03
Could we have fared worse this season had Oumar been in the team?
Other than Lukaku, what other Everton player has earned goalscoring glory?
29 Posted 23/10/2016 at 07:51:05
It cannot be for one pre-season performance, to say he's not a part of his plans when, other than Lukaku, we are struggling for goals and a striker.
Whatever it is, it is not football-related that's for sure.
30 Posted 23/10/2016 at 11:38:45
The only person who knows why he joined Everton is Martinez.
31 Posted 24/10/2016 at 11:59:04
32 Posted 25/10/2016 at 19:17:18
33 Posted 27/10/2016 at 09:22:59
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