Niasse: two-goal super-sub

Saturday 11 March 2017  81 Comments  [Jump to last]

Oumar Niasse, on loan at Hull City, came off the bench to score both goals that gave the Tigers a vital win over their relegation rivals Swansea City.

This comes on the back of a goal in his last game, also off the bench. In fact, he's come off the bench as a sub in 5 of the 8 matches played so far for Hull City, completing the full 90 minutes in only 2 of them.

 

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Dan Parker
1 Posted 11/03/2017 at 17:04:56
All credit to Niasse, how many people laughed at him and he didn't give up, trained hard with the kids. 3 goals in 2 games. Maybe not our level but a sign of a winner.
John Pierce
2 Posted 11/03/2017 at 17:07:04
Dan, full of praise for Niasse. I hope it all ends well for him.

Second goal was a peach.

John Wilson
3 Posted 11/03/2017 at 17:16:13
The Niasse kid apparently wasn't good enough to have an Everton locker, was snubbed in the under 23's Everton side too On his current performance at Hull, Niasse will end up at Barcelona before Koeman will.

[Okay, the last part was a joke.]

Dan Egerton
4 Posted 11/03/2017 at 17:29:04
We should have kept him and not loaned Valencia. He has a squad number (24), but no locker, but bags of skill.
Phil Walling
5 Posted 11/03/2017 at 17:31:32
I always said he was a good 'un ! (Liar !)
Colin Hughes
6 Posted 11/03/2017 at 17:36:41
Can he play against us next week?
Gordon Crawford
7 Posted 11/03/2017 at 18:01:43
Niasse said this today: "At Everton it was a difficult time and I didn't have that luck, and with the new manager (Ronald Koeman) I didn't get my chance."
Steavey Buckley
8 Posted 11/03/2017 at 18:07:18
A good time to turn his loan into permanet move, and allow him to play for Hull next week.
Ray Said
9 Posted 11/03/2017 at 18:10:59
Koeman made his mind up very early and never gave him a real chance to show what he could do. I hope the lad gets a transfer sorted out and can restart his career
Chris Leyland
10 Posted 11/03/2017 at 18:11:17
His second was apparently very good and none of us thought he had that in his locker. Oh wait...
Paul Mackie
11 Posted 11/03/2017 at 18:11:24
I"m happy for him. Hopefully he does enough that Hull will take him off our hands and we'll get some money back.
Julian Exshaw
12 Posted 11/03/2017 at 18:18:15
A real 'rush to judgement' on Koeman's part. Nobody is saying the guy is world class but no way did he deserve the treatment he got at the beginning of the season. Maybe there was more to the story but, in any event, he's doing well now.
Gordon Crawford
13 Posted 11/03/2017 at 18:19:11
He deserves better. if he doesn't come back I wish him well. And I hope he scores 20 goals a season.
Des Farren
14 Posted 11/03/2017 at 18:21:01
Predictable that Martinez is not mentioned in a thread like this. If he had a mare though it would be open season on the Catalan.
Andrew Presly
15 Posted 11/03/2017 at 18:31:43
This helps us to sell him. Good luck Oumar!
Mick Davies
16 Posted 11/03/2017 at 18:37:36
I keep hearing how difficult it is to score in the Premier League, but this lad seems to be finding it easy in a poor side. And he's done something other Everton strikers haven't done for a decade: score a winner against the enemy.

Koeman pisses me off sometimes, like keeping dinosaurs in the side when we should be building for the future.

Mark Morrissey
17 Posted 11/03/2017 at 18:53:35
Is it right that Niasse scored 2 off the bench for Hull?
Michael Williams
18 Posted 11/03/2017 at 18:55:36
Three prem goals for Hull in 248 minutes.
Teddy Bertin
19 Posted 11/03/2017 at 18:57:30
Not good enough for us or any of the teams above us but I hope Oumar proves himself to be a premier league standard striker.

Seems like a nice guy and nobody liked the way that Koeman called him out as substandard without giving him a chance. Players need confidence. There are plenty of players who go through long periods of nothing coming off for them.

I hope he proves his critics wrong and hopefully his hard work will mean that we'll recoup most of that fee we paid out.

Phil Walling
20 Posted 11/03/2017 at 19:05:07
OK, Des @ 14, he was Roberto's most inspired signing after Romelu, anyway!).

Says it all. OK?

Barry McNally
21 Posted 11/03/2017 at 19:07:07
Whoever sanctioned the move for him should be shot with a ball of their own shite anyway.
Marc Carran
22 Posted 11/03/2017 at 19:09:06
We saw enough of him under Roberto. His first touch simply isn't good enough for us and I'm not surprised Koeman didn't want him anywhere near the first team. Harsh but true.

He is playing at a team which play at a lower standard, a lower pace who are in a relegation battle for a good few reasons. Just because he's on the scoresheet it doesn't make him a good footballer, neither does it make him good enough for our team.

There's a few comments on here are making it out to be like the "beautiful" game is so simple when its not. There is a reason why pass completion, possession, tackles won etc are part of any team progressing, its because there is more than what meets the eye when you especially review the game in greater detail.

Des Farren
23 Posted 11/03/2017 at 19:36:30
Hey Phil, did I neglect to mention you?
John Malone
24 Posted 11/03/2017 at 19:42:06
At least we have more chance of recouping the £13.5 million we spent on him!!
Barry Jones
25 Posted 11/03/2017 at 19:51:42
I hope he gets more time on the field with Hull for the rest of the season and starts more games, then we can get a realistic feel for his ability. I would agree that he wasn't given a chance, so good luck to the boy.
Si Turner
27 Posted 11/03/2017 at 20:00:26
He has obviously done something behind the scenes which has made the club want to get rid. He looked poor when playing (and training) for us; however, to be so adamant on him not playing in the first team I can't help but think the worst (eg, domestic abuse, drugs etc). I hope I am wrong.
Minik Hansen
28 Posted 11/03/2017 at 20:08:07
If he scores 7 more, give Niasse a chance next season. Good looking out on our loanees... if McGeady keeps it going, we could get something from some other top leagues.
Steve Ferns
29 Posted 11/03/2017 at 20:20:44
All the stuff of him I saw on YouTube was him running fast catching a team on the break and beating one or two and then slotting home.

He's now playing for a team under the kosh who then break and he has a few to beat. For us then he'd have to show skills on the ball, passing, and compusure.

As said above, best to cash in than being him back.

Jim Hardin
30 Posted 11/03/2017 at 20:55:56
"For us then he'd have to show skills on the ball, passing, and composure."

Steve Ferns, How would he do that if he was never given a chance and his reserves performances were written off as against lesser talent? Do you really think, Hull's manager doesn't care about passing, composure, etc.? Seriously? Does, he tell them," just go out and knock it around boys, were going to defend with 11 behind the ball today anyway?"

Here is a thought, maybe watch his games in which he has played this season against the same opposition that Everton plays, before posting such recycled stuff about his YouTube clips. Watch his touch and passing and finishing. Yes, he sometimes doesn't get it right, but he is always attacking in their third. He is not better than Rom, and probably not better than Valencia, but would it have hurt to give him a try?

Nicholas Ryan
31 Posted 11/03/2017 at 21:32:25
Stop Press! Ronald Koeman to direct Oumar Niasse in remake of 'The Hurt Locker'!
Gavin Johnson
32 Posted 11/03/2017 at 21:47:54
I'm very pleased for Niasse, he's scoring goals and proving a few people wrong, but would I want him back at Everton?... No chance!

Looks like it will be a happy ending for everyone and we'll recoup most of the fee now.

Len Hawkins
33 Posted 11/03/2017 at 21:55:36
Mark (#17), Yes, he scored 2 from the bench, don't like mentioning the RS but St John once scored from Hunts Cross.
Ian Riley
34 Posted 11/03/2017 at 22:12:19
Good luck to him. Just didn't work out at Everton. It was the right call to let me go to Hull. Build his confidence up and get used to the Premier League.

If Koeman did walk out, the Hull manager would be my call. Hull look a different team under him.

Mark Morrissey
35 Posted 11/03/2017 at 22:27:42
Good shout, Ian or Eddie Howe, he's a blue and would jump at the chance I'm sure. I'm pleased for Niasse, he's had a rough time with us (apart from the hefty wage we have gifted him).
Gary Radley
36 Posted 11/03/2017 at 22:41:35
All these fans crying about Niasse doing great at Hull... so what? He's scored a few goals but he's on the subs bench for a reason – and it's not cos he's a fantastic footballer... think about it!!!
Lewis Barclay
37 Posted 11/03/2017 at 22:58:19
Niasse has scored three goals, two against Swansea. It's hardly retribution.

A goal next week, on the other hand...

Liam Reilly
38 Posted 11/03/2017 at 23:02:33
Fair dues to the boy, gets his head down and is doing well for Hull. Hopefully he keeps them up and becomes their Kevin Campbell.

A return on the outlay for him wouldn't go amiss either.

Ray Roche
39 Posted 11/03/2017 at 23:12:51
Just to add some perspective, Niasse was our player under Martinez, the manager who brought him to Goodison, and he never got a sniff during his regime so, please, don't slag Koeman off for having little faith in him.

These pages were full of posters declaring that he'd (Niasse) make the team in an "All-Time Worst 11" players who have ever darkened our towels.

He looked rank in the cameos that he was given last season and didn't look much better in preseason so don't let's have a queue of people saying he wasn't given time or he didn't look that bad. He looked shite and made Brett Angell look like Andy Gray.

Raymond Fox
40 Posted 11/03/2017 at 23:25:58
He's a goalscorer.

He's been written off far too early, and that includes most on here. I mean how much did we actually see of the lad?

How skilled was Lineker? Not very... but he could put the ball in the net. No doubt Koeman will be too stubborn to have him back, but that is what should happen.

Kieran Kinsella
41 Posted 11/03/2017 at 23:27:41
Si

Insinuating Niasse is a junkie is a bit over the top. If you watch his goals they're a bit flukey. First one had a heavy first touch then he was just quick enough to make contact before the keeper. The second he kind of mishit then volleyed from about six yards out. He's just not very good but sometimes you get lucky.

Kind of like Podgorsky's "wonder goal" dribble against Portugal that earned him the Man Utd move. Far from a controlled dribble, he stumbled his way along with physics-defying ricochets but that was lost in the post match hype.

Ditto Niasse. He's got a big heart, a good attitude and he makes his own luck but we released him – not cause he's a junkie, wife beater or whatever – but because he's not very good.

Patrick Murphy
42 Posted 11/03/2017 at 23:33:35
Who really gives a toss about Niasse? He wasn't in Everon's first team yesterday, he wasn't on the bench, he was in Hull City's team.

I wonder what motivates some of the posters on this site but the only club I'm interested in is Everton FC and if any player isn't in that set-up, I really couldn't give a toss!!!!

Paul Smith
43 Posted 11/03/2017 at 23:33:45
Len Hawkins funny that, I was in Hunts Cross tonight buying a Chinese from the supper bar. No sign of St John though.
Ian Riley
44 Posted 11/03/2017 at 23:40:43
Ray (#39), spot on.

Niasse may have been our striker 10 years ago but we have a manager who was a world class player and played with world class players. If you can't get a game under the management that bought you.... Only one outcome when Koeman was appointed.

Brian Williams
45 Posted 12/03/2017 at 00:18:39
Patrick (#42). Hear, hear. Are we.gonna have a fucking inquest every time he scores?

Too many bleeding hearts.

Michael Kenrick
46 Posted 12/03/2017 at 01:06:59
Wow, you've made me regret putting up the thread now, Patrick. It was mainly coz we were getting comments about him on the other threads, but you and Brian have given those bleeding hearts what for... even though they may have a point should he turn out to be some sort of embryonic Lukaku Mk II.

And, to be realistic for a moment, Everton still hold his registration, and they did pay a significant wedge for the (admittedly debatable) privilege. So to keep a watching eye on our club investment might actually be the prudent thing, Patrick; I would maintain that, until he is actually sold on, he is very much part of the Everton set-up.

Kieran Fitzgerald
47 Posted 12/03/2017 at 06:57:55
I've just watched match of the day. Niasse's positioning for both goals was excellent and he also took both very well. He didn't trip over his own feet, look like bambi on ice or fluke either goal. He simply moved and ran, sat on the shoulder of the last defender, timed his runs properly and made the chance for the ball to be given to him.

The goals came from the Hull midfield being creative and putting balls in behind the Swansea backline. It was the type of play we're trying to develop at Everton and Niasse made the most of it. Having a forward who will make runs the way Niasse did yesterday will allow our midfielders to play through balls. Imagine, Everton actually scoring goals from through balls from midfield.

You can say that the goals were for a Hull team fighting for their lives, or that they were against a poor Swansea team. But the majority of Lukaku's goals this season have come against poor teams. In how many games this season has Lukaku been anonymous? Niasse's movement was good yesterday, in how many games have we accused Lukaku of standing still like a statue giving out to those around him? I'm not saying Niasse is at Lukaku's level but a little bit of perspective lads please. Niasse can offer something different to Lukaku and may be the option we are looking for.

If Niasse continues to show his strengths then I think he has a future at Everton.

Joel Jones
48 Posted 12/03/2017 at 07:27:08
And yet Arouna Kone still wears number 9 for our club. I will genuinely never accept that Niasse is levels below Konè, not a chance.

Rom was the main man & rightly so what was the harm in allowing Niasse at least a chance of a squad player? What's Konè played? 4-5 games this season. Niassé couldn't've done that much damage in the same amount of games, could he? He showed he can score goals with the U23s and despite ability, that's the one thing that doesn't change at any level. They're the same size and at in the same place wherever you play!

Obviously hindsight is a wonderful thing and lends a lot of weight to my point but I'd rather see that gangly, unpolished trier that the pint of Guinness with the audacity to claim he's an Everton No 9.

Sidenote: Valencia isn't good enough either.

Mike Green
49 Posted 12/03/2017 at 07:42:34
Well said, Ray (#39),
Darryl Ritchie
50 Posted 12/03/2017 at 07:56:42
I still think that there was more to this story than any of the participants were telling us. I don't believe that Niasse is totally useless; his goals for Hull show he's got talent.

I think he, or his agent, must've said, or did, something to piss Koeman off so much, that there was no way back. We will probably never know for sure... or maybe Koeman was complete underwhelmed, and got rid.

Dave Bowen
51 Posted 12/03/2017 at 08:34:54
Having watched MotD, they were 2 well taken goals. 1st using his pace & the 2nd showing good composure to finish well. Add those to goals against RS & Manure.

He may only be an impact player from the bench, but I'd rather see him coming on than Kone or Valencia. However, it appears Koeman has made up his mind.

Ray Smith
52 Posted 12/03/2017 at 08:39:38
I hope he scores a few more goals this season and Hull buy him. Can't see more than 㾶m. I did think that he would come back unsold.

Whatever he's done to deserve the treatment he appears to have got is unfair, looking from the outside. Koeman is a good judge of character and was a world class player in his time. He also has that ruthless streak in him that gets the best out of players. Ask Ross!

Why was Mirallas so glum at the end of yesterday's game? He scored and was subbed later on, no big deal in the modern game. Something not right there?

James Stewart
53 Posted 12/03/2017 at 08:58:57
Interesting to see him do so well at Hull. Well taken goals and he has to be a better option than Kone.
Barry Rathbone
54 Posted 12/03/2017 at 09:20:40
He was bought as a desperate attempt to stop the rot but the complete breakdown betwixt Martinez and senior members of the squad meant he needed Messi's ability allied to Roy Keane's "no shit from anyone" attitude otherwise he was on a hiding to nothing.

A typical modern striker full of speed and athleticism but hardly able to control a ball he must have trained in the cliquey atmosphere of Finch Farm thinking, "WTFis going on here??"

Nice guy, glad he's doing well.

Andrew Clare
55 Posted 12/03/2017 at 09:28:30
Koeman knows what he's doing. We groaned when we saw the team sheet yesterday and yet we ran out comfortable 3-0 winners. Still people complain that it was boring. The top teams are winning like this most weeks – hardly getting out of second gear. It's because most teams in the bottom half of the table just don't have a Plan B.

As for Niasse just forget him and Moyes. Let's just talk about Everton.

Drew O'Neall
56 Posted 12/03/2017 at 10:28:02
It's a condition of his loan that he plays the whole 90 against us.
Joe Foster
57 Posted 12/03/2017 at 11:04:15
Maybe Koeman just told him he needs to go out on loan to get some proper game time?
Simon Smith
58 Posted 12/03/2017 at 11:22:44
Patrick,

If you don't see the point in commenting on Niasse, firstly why bother reading the article? And secondly, why bother posting on it?

If it's not for you, don't read it, there are some of us that are interested in how our loan players are doing?

I'm guessing you couldn't care less about Deulofeu and others out on loan too.

Winston Williamson
59 Posted 12/03/2017 at 11:49:58
Niasse reminds me a little bit of a younger Kone, before he got his injury... before he signed for EFC.

I can see the attraction Martinez had when signing him – he may well have helped Martinez save us from relegation this season (had Martinez not been sacked).

Niasse, Kone and Valencia all have something in common – they're not good enough for EFC.

Trevor Lynes
60 Posted 12/03/2017 at 12:12:37
Football is all about scoring goals !That is basically all that really matters.Niassie seems to have pace enough to get away from defenders and he took his goals well.

We have lots of players at EFC who hardly ever score goals and that is why Lukaku is so vital.With 10 games to go Barkley has five goals and Mirallas has four.These stats are not good enough for us to really progress.

Loko Sanchez
61 Posted 12/03/2017 at 12:37:14
It is funny to read comments that claim Niasse is not good enough for Everton but is good for clubs like Hull. Everton could not even beat Hull the last time they met nor could we beat Swansea. Are our standards really that high? Arrogance will get us nowhere.
Mike Berry
62 Posted 12/03/2017 at 13:07:43
Two good goals from Niasse. Good luck for the rest of the season and your career. I like a trier – and that he is!
Barry McNally
63 Posted 12/03/2017 at 13:35:13
@ Drew 56, good one! 😂
Alan J Thompson
64 Posted 12/03/2017 at 14:51:19
Strangely, if Hull get relegated, he probably will end up back at Everton.
Minik Hansen
65 Posted 12/03/2017 at 15:59:18
Our players out on loan (Niasse, Deulofeu, McGeady - why not) shed good lights on our club, they're good at their current club, and makes us look like a top side not needing them at this moment.
Jeff Armstrong
66 Posted 12/03/2017 at 16:07:04
Money in for Nissse £10 mill; Cleverley £7 mill, McGeady £1 mill, Deulofeu £12 mill... go and get a £30 mill player for nowt, wages covered too.
Marc Carran
67 Posted 12/03/2017 at 16:08:42
These comments are getting even more desperate... We got people having a go at Kone for some reason, perhaps to divert attention, and now we have folk saying that Niasse has a good attitude, like refusing to go on loan the first time, and complaining about not having a locker, poor him, having nowhere to stick his Louis Vuitton washbag eh?

Some people on here have some very short memories if they don't remember that Niasse refused to go on loan the first time...

Mike Murphy
68 Posted 12/03/2017 at 16:16:14
Good to see naisse do well at his new club, nobody deserve the treatment he took off Mr Koeman.

Mr Koeman will be off too, in the not-too-distant future, if Arsenal, Barcelona, or Inter Milan come knocking.

Maybe we could swap Niasse for Maguire or Roberston, the left back at Hull; Baines is finished at top level football, his legs are gone.

Mick Davies
69 Posted 12/03/2017 at 16:40:37
Minik, good point: it's been a long time since we could loan out decent players who are getting recognition at their clubs. It does bode well, but we're not quite Chelsea yet, who probably have a full squadron of loanees at other clubs.
Jeff Armstrong
70 Posted 12/03/2017 at 18:09:40
Mike, good shout on Robertson; Baines is definitely on the slide... Oviedo gone... Garbutt can't get a game for a League One destined team. Galloway, Holgate and Co are essentially centre backs so yes we do need a left back, as well as another creative midfielder, and a striker.
Bill Gienapp
71 Posted 12/03/2017 at 19:09:37
Bemused at the sudden piling on of Koeman, as if a single person on here wanted Niasse anywhere near an Everton shirt this past summer. Most were calling him utter rubbish and claiming he'd be lucky to make a pub league side. Now Koeman "rushed to judgment?" Come on.

Anyway, he's not better than Valencia, who's scored a couple for us, and would certainly have more if he were getting regular playing time at Hull, so what exactly are people even advocating for here? I'm glad to hear he's a better option than Kone - a guy who doesn't even sniff our bench and will be shown the door the second his contract expires.

At any rate, I have nothing against the guy and am glad he's doing well. Worst case scenario, Hull wants to buy him and we recoup some of our initial investment, which seemed unfathomable back in August.

Lyndon Lloyd
72 Posted 12/03/2017 at 23:04:05
Trevor (60), you seem to have developed a fixation with Barkley's goal return. As long as he is creating them and Rom is scoring them, I'm not sure we should be so concerned.

The first priority for Ross was simply to re-find his form under the new manager. He now seems to have done that. The goals will surely come as he gets older, wiser and more savvy. For now, let's just enjoy him running the midfield and putting goals on a plate for Lukaku!

David Barks
73 Posted 12/03/2017 at 23:22:39
No Bill,

Plenty of us did criticize Koeman's handling of the situation. I posted on here numerous times how I believed it to be poor management to tell any player that no matter what they do they will not be getting anywhere near the pitch. It was ridiculous and still is.

That's not the same as believing he is some world beater. But is he better than Valencia or Kone? I think plenty could make that case. Either way, the position Koeman took to not let him anywhere near the first team despite him scoring at ease when in the Under-23s and now scoring for Hull, and otherwise looking a competent striker in a very poor team, continues to be a head-scratcher in my eyes.

Brian Wilkinson
74 Posted 13/03/2017 at 00:46:28
Hear, hear, David @73, no-one is defending Niasse or him being the second coming off Christ, you, myself and others previously posted the harsh treatment Niasse got.

Even when he was scoring in the Under-23s, Ronnie said he will not be part of Everton; for me, this cannot be down to footballing terms... for me, something has gone on behind the scenes. I cannot see any other reason on judging the guy on a couple of games.

Brian Wilkinson
75 Posted 13/03/2017 at 00:50:20
Players can improve as well as take a backward step; to judge a player on a few games is crazy.

How many could honestly say he would never make it? How many after the first season would say Jelavic would take a dip in form? You just cannot judge a player on a handful of games.

Simon Jones
76 Posted 13/03/2017 at 09:15:39
I think this lad is setting a record for a player from another team that has the most written about him by ToffeeWebbers!

There is a story to come out here, but he kept his head down, played well in our U23s then when he got his Premier League chance, is taking it, to what appears to be the best of his ability. He might not be 㾹.5 million worth, but at least he's proved his ability. Plus he scored against the dark side.

Ernie Baywood
77 Posted 13/03/2017 at 10:02:40
Just seen his goals...

People get on the back of those who judged him but I saw every minute he played for us (there were a few in pre season) and not once did he show that he even might have those kind of goals in his repertoire.

He couldn't control a ball, couldn't strike a ball. He stood on the ball and fell over while shooting. I saw him hit a pass with a 'technique' that I've never seen before. In short, Ali Dia put him to shame. It was reasonable to judge.

Could it have just been terrible nerves that got to him at Everton? Because he was beyond woeful; he didn't even show enough to earn minutes on the pitch to prove his worth.

They were two very good goals at the weekend. Good movement, good touch, good finishes. What the hell!!!

Patrick Murphy
78 Posted 13/03/2017 at 10:13:55
As much as it pains me to say it Niasse, Rooney and Deulofeu may be our attacking might next season if, as many pundits believe, Ross and Rom don't sign their contracts. However, I still remain a doubter of all three 'new' Everton players as being the future of our club.

Niasse and to a lesser extent Deulofeu are unlikely to be the type of players that Koeman desires in his team. Mind you, in the event that Ross and Rom don't sign or move on in the summer, Ronald may not be Everton's manager anyway so we could be in for another hellish summer.

I woke up full of the joys of spring and feeling optimstic about all things Everton; a few hours later and things don't look quite as good – the next time the 13th of the month comes around, I'll spend the day in bed whether it is a Friday or not.

Hywel Owen
79 Posted 13/03/2017 at 10:27:16
Niasse seems to turning the corner and scoring a few goals. Good luck to him. I still maintain that the way he was treated at EFC was totally unworthy of a Club of our standards and tradition.
Roger Helm
80 Posted 13/03/2017 at 20:16:33
Blimey, Patrick, it's being so cheerful that keeps you going is it?

He was poor when he was with us, but maybe he has improved – players often do take a while to settle into the Premier League. His goals were pretty good I thought – neither was a tap-in. They needed pace, positioning, a decent first touch, and coolness.

Maybe he's not that much worse than Valencia or Calvert-Lewin. I don't think any of them are good enough for us.

Jeff Armstrong
81 Posted 13/03/2017 at 20:25:54
Roger, bit of an early shout on Calvert-Lewin, isn't it? He's only played about 30 minutes!

That's about the same time Koeman took to make his mind up on Niasse, and he's now proven he's got "pace, positioning, a decent first touch and coolness" too!

Nothing like a quick assessment, is there...

Will Mabon
82 Posted 14/03/2017 at 11:17:16
I too wonder whether Niasse was overwhelmed with expectations at Everton. In the February, Martinez made a statement along the lines of Niasse possibly not being ready until the next season. Very odd since it wasn't injury related.

Something appears to have happened behind the scenes, maybe more than one thing. Not only has he scored his goals at Hull, he looks a reasonable player. He's fast, moves well and pulls defenders around, he finds space, he's made a few good passes too. Plays the offside line well. One or two of his touches have been a little loose though.

I'm not saying he's outstanding or has anything we need now but he's far from useless.

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