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Baye Oumar Niasse 34

With the January 2016 transfer window winding down and Everton's squad wekeaned to a degree by the sale of Steven Naismith to Norwich City, Roberto Martinez moved to add some firepower and pace to his attack in the form of Oumar Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow.

The manager had had the Senegalese striker watched closely since the previous October as he enjoyed a prolific spell and Martinez would followed up his interest with a firm offer for Niasse that end with him joining the Toffees on deadline day on 1st February in a £13.5m deal.

Relatively unknown to most observers in the Premier League prior to that point, Niasse became Everton’s third-most-expensive signing in the club’s history behind Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku.

Reportedly scouted by the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham and approached by Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen recently, Niasse ultimately favoured a move to the Premier League and the northwest in partcular to be close to his wife who worked in Manchester.

The Senegal international was described as having blistering pace and ability to lead the line on his own. ToffeeWeb spoke with Russian Football News writer Ilya Sokolov who explained that, "unlike many foreigners who come to Russia, Niasse didn't lose his passion.

"He can shoot from distance, his opening is good, his dribbling is unpredictable. He has some problems with finishing, though. I hope it doesn't become a problem. In Russia he still managed to score many goals."

Writing for FourFourTwo, Michael Yohkin described Niasse's strengths and weaknesses in a bit more detail, explaining that he is quick and strong but is averse to using his left foot and needs to be feel wanted.

Niasse is a versatile and multi-talented player. He is very quick and physically strong, willing to take on any defender. His right-footed shots are fierce, and he is dangerous not only in the penalty area, but from long range as well. The Senegalese is good in the air and knows how to position himself. Having played on the flank in his early days, he possesses sound technical skills.

One of the Niasse's major strengths is his unselfishness. He will usually pass the ball when a team-mate is in a better position, and the number of assists he provided in Turkey and Russia speaks for itself. He is also a very hard-working striker who covers a lot of ground without the ball and loves to chase defenders. In short, he has a potential to become a good modern striker.

Niasse started his career at Ouakam in his native Senegal before moving on loan to Norway following a successful trial with Brann Bergen in 2012. Niasse came on loan with an option to buy from Ouakam of Senegal, only to be rejected by mid-table Brann after playing just three games. He joined Akhisar Belediyespor the following season and was snapped up by Lokomotiv the summer after that, signing for the Russian club in a £4m deal.

He was voted the Russian League's player of the year for 2015 in a newspaper poll, the results of which have since been questioned due to the suspect nature of the voting, having scored 8 goals in just 13 starts (with six assists) and notching two goals in four games in the Europa League. Only Brazilian star Hulk was involved in more goals in the Russian League that year.

His introduction to Premier League football, however, turned out to be fraught with difficulties, apparently down to lack of fitness, as he had not played since the previous November, and a wrist problem that needed a minor operation. Starting with his debut as a substitute in an FA Cup tie at Bournemouth, he made a handful of aimless cameo appearances in the last few minutes of some games, totting up a grand total of just 45 minutes on the field in his first three months with the club.

In April 2016, as more questions began to be asked why the striker was able to play for his country but not for Everton, Martinez blamed the player's protracted attempts to get used to the English game as the reason for his lack of playing time. The Catalan said that any playing time Niasse got over the last month of the season would be a "bonus" but he ended up starting two games in succession against Bournemouth and Leicester City, failing to convince he could live up to his hefty price tag in either appearance.

Things got worse for him in May when he was arrested by Greater Manchester Police on suspicion of assault, and bailed pending further enquiries later that month.  He would rejoin Everton for their 2016 pre-season training, and was given a 45-minute opportunity against Barnsley to show the new manager, Ronald Koeman, there was something to justify the Russian accolades, the massive transfer fee, and the fabulous £50k/week salary... 

But all he could muster was a horrible display of mistakes, clumsy stumbles on the ball, and a clear chance on goal where hit the post.  His chance blown, it looked very much like the future would involve a move back east, this time to Turkey and Galatasary on a season-long loan after he was not given a squad number for 2016-17.  Another contender for the worst possible Everton transfer ever!

However, any move to Galatasary fell through and he was left in weird locklerless limbo for the entire season. He would go on to play a little for David Unsworths's Under-23s, scoring 8 goals in 6 games and contributing significantly to their ultimate winning campaign in Premier League 2.  However, before he could savour that delight, he was shipped off on loan to Hull City and acquitted  himself well enough under Marco Silva but was unable to save them from relegation back to the Championship. 

He was at least given a squad number for Koeman's second season, but seemed destined to join Crystal Palace, only they refused to pay his agent's million-pound-plus fee and the transfer collapsed on deadline day, leaving Niasse as another reluctant retainee alongside Barkley and Mirallas. 

Initially overlooked, Koeman finally had to reinstate him as a first-team player, complete with locker and club suit, when the pathetic reality of the club's failure to replace Romelu Lukaku became increasingly clear with each passing game. And Niasse responded well, scoring goals to pass both Rooney and Calvert-Lewin, neither of whom had been particularly prolific, and become the leading scorer by November, after Koeman had finally gotten the sack. Prasied for his pluck and determination, whilst recognizing his almost clumsy style, Niasse's transition from downtrodden reject to folk hero would take a bizzare and ultimately disgraceful turn in one seemingly incocuso moment at Crystal Palace. 

Everton were a goal down inside the first minute, but Niasse's drive was not dimmed as, barely 5 minutes later, he pushed the ball past Scott Dann and ran forward, only to be inelegantly bundled over by the bigger man; a clear foul, and the referee, who was very close to the scene, had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, from where Baines converted expertly. Niasse would go on to pilfer a fine equalizer after Everton had gone behind again, but the media clamour after the match was all about his 'dive' that had unfairly won a penalty and denied the home side their win. 

"People were saying that I fell down easily," Niasse said. "I don't know. I didn't see the video again. To get into the box, I tried to dribble the guy.

“He was coming into contact. When I felt the contact, I knew then he pushed me away. The contact was on my upper body but when I felt the contact I was in the box so that is it: that is all I have to do, go on the floor. It was because I was running so quick.

"I will be shocked [if I am charged with diving] because there is contact."

Incredulously, the media furor only intensified as pundits from MotD and Sky weighed in, conveniently forgotting their established maxim that "there was contact and he was 'entitled' to go down". It was then that a new ruling from the FA dating back six months to May 2017, somehow became triggered:

"Incidents which suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation are referred to a panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player. Each panel member will be asked to review all available video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it was an offence of 'successful deception of a match official' Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would the FA issue a charge." which is what they did. 

Despite the clear and irrefutable video evidence that there was sufficient contact to impede Niasse, he became the first Premier League player to be banned retrospectively for two games for the new infraction: successful deception of a match official leading to the wrongful award of a penalty.

After the ridiculous play-acting and cheating in the Premier League for years from countless high-profile players with the top clubs, that Niasse is now and forever branded as the first Premier League player to be charged with diving seems utterly astounding. It represents another massive and grossly unfair slur on Everton Football Club, reminiscent of Arsene Wenger's successful demonization of Andy Johnson that ensured he never won another penalty for Everton.

Incredibly, Niasse, who's style can best be described as chaotic and unpredictable, finished as second-highest goalscorer for the season behind Wayne Rooney. And projections for his future at the club were given an intriguing boost when his former manager from that very productive loan spell at Hill City, a certain Marco Silva, was appointed Everton head coach under Marcel Brands.

But any fond memories for the two of them were not rekindled, despite Silva saying in June that the Senegales was very much in his plans for the new campaign. That's primarily where he would remain, with six sub appearances and just one start before he was dispatched on loan to relegation-fighting Cardiff City for the second half of the Premier League season. So far, 6 starts and no goals for the Bluebirds...




Squad numbers 14, 24, 34
Position Striker
Nationality Senegalese
Born Ouakam, Senegal
Date of birth 18 April 1990
Height 6'-0" (1.83 m)
Joined 1 February 2016
Joined from Lokomotiv Moscow
Signed under Roberto Martinez
Transfer fee £13.5m
Contract duration 4½ years
Contract expires June 2020
Debut as sub v Bournemouth (A),
20 February 2016
Full debut v Bournemouth (H),
30 April 2016
Previous Clubs US Ouakam
Brann Bergen
Akhisar Belediyespor
Lokomotiv Moscow
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2015-16 14 2 (3) 0 0 (2) 0 2 (5) 0
2016-17 24 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2017-18 34 10 (12) 8 0 (3) 1 10 (15) 9
2018-19 19 0 (5) 0 1 (1) 0 1 (6) 0
  Totals 12 (20) 8 1 (6) 1 13 (26) 9

Loan Spells

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2017-18 Hull City 12 (5)  1 (1) 4 1
2018-19 Cardiff City 6 (0)  0 (0) 0 0

Everton U23s Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2015-16 Under-21s 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 0
2016-17 Under-23s 6 (0) 3 (0) 8 0
2017-18 Under-23s 2 (0)  0 (0) 3 0
2018-19 Under-23s 0 (0)  0 (0) 0 0

Previous Career

Season Team League Appearances Goals
2007-13 UK Ouakam 154 102
2012 Brann (loan) 0 (3) 0
2013-14 Akhisar Belediyespor 33 (1)  12
2014-15 Lokomotiv Moscow 21 (7) & 6 (0) 12 & 4

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