The 27-year-old was signed by Roberto Martinez for £13.5m in the January 2016 transfer window but failed to impress in his early performances and was transfer-listed by Koeman when he assumed the managerial hotseat the following summer.
A loan move to Hull City followed where Niasse scored five times but couldn't prevent the Tigers from being relegated and, consequently, they didn't exercise a £10m option to sign him permanently.
Niasse was on the verge of joining Crystal Palace on transfer deadline day last week but the deal reportedly collapsed due a disagreement over agent fees that saw the two clubs run out of time to file the necessary paperwork.
He could yet make a move to Fenerbahçe before the closure of the transfer window in Turkey tomorrow but Everton could insist on a permanent deal as opposed to a loan in light of Koeman's comments to the media this afternoon.
“Niasse is back in the first team,” the Dutchman said, admitting that the failure to bring in a replacement for Romelu Lukaku was one of the motivating factors behind his decision to turn to the Senegalese striker. “He did a training session today. It gives us other options for the striking position.
“It's not necessary to speak any more about what happened last season. I found that now is the right time to bring him back to the first team because of the striking situation.
“He's an Everton player and sometimes in life you need to give some opportunities.”
“Last season was a different season. Maybe we had other strikers so we found it difficult to find a position for him. But his behaviour was perfect he played games for the Under-23s and I think now is the right time to bring him back to the first team.
“He needs to fight like every player for his opportunity.”
Koeman also revealed that he had spoken to Kevin Mirallas regarding his post-deadline day assertion that he was “very sad” not to have secured a move Olympiakos.
“I spoke to Kevin and he wasn't happy about his situation. He was looking for something else but nobody agreed [anything] with Everton,” explained the Blues boss.
“Kevin stays and he needs to work hard and he needs to give competition to all the players.”
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1 Posted 07/09/2017 at 15:02:35
2 Posted 07/09/2017 at 15:02:46
Be interesting to see what happens over the next day or so.
3 Posted 07/09/2017 at 15:20:21
4 Posted 07/09/2017 at 15:27:59
Only strange thing is how we managed to mislay him for an entire season did nobody think to look in his locker? I reckon that's where he was hiding the whole time.
5 Posted 07/09/2017 at 15:29:42
If we were to sacrifice just one now, I'd get rid of Mirallas. His attitude stinks and Niasse has behaved impeccably.
6 Posted 07/09/2017 at 15:32:49
Niasse is shite lovely lad, but shite. He could make the teas at half-time, I suppose.
7 Posted 07/09/2017 at 15:37:27
Care to provide the examples and proof of Mirallas' poor attitude, other that he manager just coming out and saying he displayed a poor attitude?
Mirallas being the guy who just was offered and signed a new contract by this club. He apparently wanted to be in the team, the one that was so totally inept and useless against Chelsea. So what is the proof of your claim of a poor attitude?
8 Posted 07/09/2017 at 15:54:46
David, I'll take Ronald at his word. Especially considering Mr Mirallas's previous showings of petulance in the past. Like when he took the ball from our recognised penalty taker and missed, remember?
Or his substitute sending off against Swansea. Yeah, I'll take Ronald's word.
9 Posted 07/09/2017 at 16:01:53
10 Posted 07/09/2017 at 16:03:54
Whatever he's done wrong, he still deserves a chance. I mean, we're giving Rooney one, so why not him?
11 Posted 07/09/2017 at 16:08:44
12 Posted 07/09/2017 at 16:13:09
Look at Mirallas, and his complaining. No moaning from Niasse. He has played for the U-23s and without him they would probably not have won the league last season. Let him show what he is made of.
13 Posted 07/09/2017 at 16:14:11
I know both Koeman and Martinez didn't play him, but is it just possible that he has grown into the British game!? The key word being maybe! Here's hoping!
14 Posted 07/09/2017 at 16:49:05
15 Posted 07/09/2017 at 17:08:06
Hopefully the lad can do enough to get himself a good offer from abroad in January and Everton can spend big on Lukaku's replacement.
Staying in Europe is key to getting anyone decent.
16 Posted 07/09/2017 at 17:15:57
I genuinely hope Niasse can prove all wrong and contribute to the team! Could be another Dennis Stracqualursi type character?!
On Rooney, fine him and move on!
17 Posted 07/09/2017 at 17:43:43
Now that Lukaku has gone, he remains our main goalscoring opportunity.
He is one of the few support players over the last few years to have an eye for goal.
18 Posted 07/09/2017 at 17:48:17
19 Posted 07/09/2017 at 18:03:03
20 Posted 07/09/2017 at 18:07:54
21 Posted 07/09/2017 at 18:08:34
Right, now back to reality... I'm glad he's got the opportunity. He's behaved brilliantly and not stamped his feet... Jesus, Mirallas gets subbed and he cries like a girl. Come on Oumar!
22 Posted 07/09/2017 at 18:28:28
23 Posted 07/09/2017 at 19:00:05
24 Posted 07/09/2017 at 19:03:12
But is credit due to Koeman? He has very little in the forward department, so seems smart right? This obviously is a not so thinly veiled message to the board to the paucity of options he has. But also if Niasse does well then he gets the credit too.
The situation lent itself to Niasse coming in, volume of games etc. But it is very convenient to Koeman. Cynical am I? Yes, and until Koeman shows me different then suspicious I remain!
The player has a chance, a small one and I bet the crowd take to him quickly because of his travails.
Maybe a happy ending (and a locker) for Oumar?
25 Posted 07/09/2017 at 19:15:06
26 Posted 07/09/2017 at 19:16:36
Koeman is here to give his best or try his best for £6 million a year. He doesn't owe Evertonians anything, I don't think he's a manager to out up with situations like the Rooney saga or the board failing to bring an adequate striker in.
As soon as a big enough offer comes available, wouldn't surprise me if he's off elsewhere next summer.
27 Posted 07/09/2017 at 19:30:11
Niasse walks in and parks his arse.
Koeman "Look Son you know me, I try to act the hard man but I usually end up making a grade A twat of myself" . .Cue the music
"Got a fist of pure emotion"
"Got a head of shattered dreams"
Gotta leave it, gotta leave it all behind"
Whatever I said, whatever I did, I didn't mean it"
"I just want you back for good"
"Want you back, want you back, want you back, for good"
"Whenever I'm wrong just give me a song and I'll sing it "
"You'll be right and understood"
" I just want you back for goo'hood"
Niasse "I'll get back to you on that Ron, lad. In the meantime, why don't you go and try to convince the press you're still in control... Tell them you'll be making the decisions regarding Ross."
28 Posted 07/09/2017 at 19:52:30
Climb-down from no-nonsense Ronnie... toe-the-line Ronnie, more like!
29 Posted 07/09/2017 at 19:56:35
He has it in his locker, to be the best in the league.
Unless of he does a Mirallas, and throws a fit of pique.
30 Posted 07/09/2017 at 19:57:09
1. Niasse came to Everton as a goal scorer 16 goals in 34 games in Russia.
2. He has started 2 games for us and played in a total of 5 in the league, 7 in all competitions.
3. He played 5 times for the U23s last season, and scored 7 goals, yes more than a goal a game.
4. He scored 5 goals in 19 games for Hull, on loan last season.
5. He scored 1 goal in the 1 game he has played for our U23s this season.
Is it not possible that the guy was going through a bad run of form when he played for us? If he scores more than a goal a game for our reserves and a reasonable amount out on loan (1 in 3 when he started), then maybe he deserves a second chance?
Oh and have a look at his finish in the U23 game, it makes that lovely sound of the ball hitting the net. Perfectly taken finish right into the roof of the net.
31 Posted 07/09/2017 at 19:58:29
32 Posted 07/09/2017 at 20:00:43
This is the correct one. Niasse could be a threat from the bench so let's see what happens. Can't see it being long term. You make valid points but you aren't prepared to watch a team evolve, mate.
33 Posted 07/09/2017 at 20:02:36
No way would Koeman put Niasse in his team after saying he's not playing...
34 Posted 07/09/2017 at 20:02:52
I would love nothing better than the lad getting some pitch time and knocking a few in.
I have a feeling he may do just that, also I have a feeling that the faithful have a soft spot for him, with regards to his behaviour and dignity whilst not getting a fair shake when first arriving.
35 Posted 07/09/2017 at 20:06:17
36 Posted 07/09/2017 at 20:08:37
Toe the line, Ronald. Embarrassing.
Do you actually want our club to succeed?
37 Posted 07/09/2017 at 20:10:34
38 Posted 07/09/2017 at 20:12:30
You've treated poor Niasse like scum.
He was the striker who could not get a game;
He was the one with no locker to his name.
So who do you think you are kidding, Mr Koeman?
We're well fucked now Lukaku's gone!
39 Posted 07/09/2017 at 20:18:13
40 Posted 07/09/2017 at 20:31:07
41 Posted 07/09/2017 at 20:36:28
42 Posted 07/09/2017 at 20:56:47
For some reason, Koeman's words kind of remind me of that bit in Road House where 'small business scourge' Brad Wesley suddenly breaks off beating shit out of one of his hapless henchmen, has him helped to his feet and then says he'll be fine because he 'likes' him.
(Which, I guess, would make Rooney the 'Tinker' of the team).
I hope this is more than just false hope being thrown out there to make a point on the manager's part though. Niasse has shown a bit of character by not kicking up a fuss, getting his head down and trying to make the best of a less than ideal situation. Koeman is maybe going to have to take a leaf out of the lads book given how light the squad is on strikers at the moment.
Whatever the reasons for him being handed an unexpected lifeline (and there's a big difference between being 'back in contention' and actually being chucked on during a game) it would be fucking fairy tale stuff if he does get a run out and shows he can slot.
44 Posted 07/09/2017 at 21:13:56
What I have seen of his more recent performances he looks fine. Just a thought, if he was a local lad playing in the U23s and had scored those goals, I am sure a number of fans would be wondering why he hasn't been given a chance in the first team. He has also scored 3 in 8 for Senegal.
I am amazed at what people can read into the smallest things and use these things to push their anti-Koeman rhetoric. Amazing, and we slag the papers off for making things up without any sources!
45 Posted 07/09/2017 at 21:22:56
I hope Niasse proves a point and we all gain!!
46 Posted 07/09/2017 at 21:27:41
I have to give Niasse a lot of credit for perseverance and dignity; not many players would have stayed strong despite his wages, he's had a bit of a nightmare really.
You never know we might start with an attacking formation and attitude on Saturday.
47 Posted 07/09/2017 at 21:28:03
Rather than treat him like shit for 12 months he should have worked with him throughout the year working on the weak points Koeman saw in his game. He has pace to burn and can chip in with 5-10 goals if given service and a chance.
48 Posted 07/09/2017 at 21:32:28
Is that like Magnetism but he doesn't always face North?
49 Posted 07/09/2017 at 21:34:36
I'm sure Koeman's on a win-win with this one. If Oumar bangs in a worldy he'll take the credit but, if he falls flat on his face with an open goal beckoning, he'll look over his shoulder in the direction of Kenwright and Eric Morecambe and do one of his pissed off faces. I might be wrong
50 Posted 07/09/2017 at 21:34:41
I think we would have to play him a certain way, playing off the shoulder of the last defender, then he may do some damage. If he scores... there will be a riot!
51 Posted 07/09/2017 at 21:50:23
52 Posted 07/09/2017 at 22:10:18
If he does nothing other than run around for forty minutes tiring out opposition defences so that Rooney (who will be less and less able to run around for a whole game as the season progresses) can be maximally effective whilst he is on the pitch, then Niasse will have done some good.
There is little point in him hanging around scratching his arse for another couple of seasons on full pay. Unless he really is crap.
53 Posted 07/09/2017 at 22:13:51
The lad has shown nothing but dignity in his response to being left out of the match day squad. He deserves a chance.
54 Posted 07/09/2017 at 22:22:47
55 Posted 07/09/2017 at 22:32:06
I'm sure he will be determined to make a point, after his journey last season.
56 Posted 07/09/2017 at 22:40:47
57 Posted 07/09/2017 at 22:42:45
What they meant was that he was a clumsy player but lively, quick and unpredictable. He's fit and can be a pain for tiring centre halves so he is a good option from the bench.
Remember we need goals from across the squad to replace Lukaku's 20-plus, so all strikers on our books should be getting a fair go.
58 Posted 07/09/2017 at 22:47:51
Are you related to Yoda?
59 Posted 07/09/2017 at 22:52:27
Obviously a big game player!
More seriously, I have to agree with Mark (#49). I think this was Koeman's way of showing what we have had to resort to, and that the people in charge of transfers really need to sort their shit out next window.
60 Posted 07/09/2017 at 22:53:59
61 Posted 07/09/2017 at 22:57:19
Then again, if we beat Spurs 10-nil, Ronald is still likely to get a bashing from some on here i.e. "Why did we let them get nil?!??!?"
Come on Oumar, unleash a worldy on Saturday that beats Loris from 25 yards. Nil Satis Niasse Optimum!!!
62 Posted 07/09/2017 at 23:20:26
63 Posted 07/09/2017 at 23:22:04
Niasse never got a real chance before Koeman came to the club for whatever reason, so if he gets a run of games, starting or as a sub, we can all make out own minds up as to whether he is a player or not.
Incidentally, if my memory is correct Harold Mathews thought he was a good player in one of his posts and Harold had a good eye for players; let's see and judge him for ourselves.
64 Posted 07/09/2017 at 23:36:24
''All we are saying...
Is give Oumar a chance!''
ps: As for Mirallas he's had loads of chances to prove himself and everytime it's the same old, missed chances missed placed crosses, and throwing a tantrum when he's subbed, because he's been ineffective for 70-80 minutes. We should of sold him IMO!
65 Posted 07/09/2017 at 23:39:08
I usually hate the international break as it denies me following my beloved club. The fact that the end of the transfer window was an anticlimax made things worse this time around. I was happy as Baines, Rooney, etc would get some time to rest after the hectic start to our season and the large number of upcoming games with league and Cups. Rooney, though went and ruined that with his off the field behaviour which was both dangerous and deplorable.
Back to the football, I have been reading the comments from many ToffeeWebbers about Oumar Niasse and I must admit I must say that I have really felt bad for him over the last year. He may not have been good enough (although I don't think he had enough time to prove himself). But the way that Koeman treated him was unacceptable in my eyes.
To his credit, Niasse did well on loan at Hull and whenever he was called to do so for the Under-23s as well. He behaved well and, unlike his Belgian team mates, did not use the newspapers to voice his opinion.
So it was a pleasant surprise to wake up and see that Koeman has included him in the first team squad for the Spurs game. I agree that its because we have limited options up front but I still feel that its a very positive step. I was watching You Tube clips of his goals and he does seem to have a good shot on him and has more pace than Rooney ( on the field, of course!).
I watched Koeman's pre-match conference and got all excited about tomorrow's game. I hope that I am not being silly but I feel like we can turn a corner now and play better over the next few weeks. COYB
66 Posted 07/09/2017 at 23:44:32
From what I have seen he isn't necessarily a well-rounded attacker, but he does have some pace and seems to have a knack for finishing. If he has the desire to run the channels and the instinct to be in the right place at the right time then I don't care if he scores tap ins, shinners, or the ball goes in off his backside. Goals win matches and they all count.
I'm actually looking forwards to seeing him play now. 7 minutes for a £13m signing is way too little to judge him on.
67 Posted 07/09/2017 at 23:50:45
Koeman played this wrong from the start but was entitled to feel he doesn't fit his preferred style of play and therefore to cash in on an asset and reinvest in the squad was the way to go. His no-nonsense brashness however made him look silly in my opinion and was counter-productive.
Niasse does have qualities though and to have him around the squad is a no-brainer. Our defenders need to train against a variety of styles and our limited striking options are not likely to test them sufficiently. Niasse offers more options on the training ground and this is only positive.
Maybe recent events have turned Ron's mind to an alternative way of playing. I for one welcome the U-turn and what it says about the manager and I wish Oumar every success. He deserves it.
68 Posted 08/09/2017 at 00:29:34
We all know, Bobby brought him in by watching a video clip. Some believe, it wasn't even the same guy, but he's here, on the payroll, so at least, give the guy a chance, and if he then turns out to be crap!
He may even turn out to be the latter day striker we have craved for years.
69 Posted 08/09/2017 at 01:34:28
Credit too, to 'somebody' if they told Koeman to get his head out of his arse and do the obvious thing.
Only a bronze medal for a distant 3rd place effort in the credit stakes to Koeman though.
70 Posted 08/09/2017 at 03:30:23
His speed could be useful against a tired defensive line.
72 Posted 08/09/2017 at 04:52:11
73 Posted 08/09/2017 at 04:57:25
He was asked a direct question which was how do you feel about the nightmare you have endured with Everton? His reply was that he would do it all again because Everton was a massive move for him! What a great reply and what a great person!
At least he can score against the Red Shite!!! (while playing for Hull) None of the fucking so-called superstars we've got have managed that for how long??? I hope Niasse scores goals and sticks it right up Koeman's arse... Good lad, glad we have you, is what I say!
74 Posted 08/09/2017 at 05:58:38
He is behind Sandro, Rooney and Calvert-Lewin in the pecking order
Hope if he gets a chance he does well. Not because I give a shit about the player but because I do give a shit about Everton.
75 Posted 08/09/2017 at 06:40:56
That's Everton that.
76 Posted 08/09/2017 at 07:15:04
Even if he gives us something like half a season, or a season, of 1 goal in 4 games from an occasional start or off the bench, it's a lot more than anyone else is doing. At the moment, we barely even shoot.
If given a chance I hope it goes well for him. For Everton and for him. He deserves a break.
On Mirallas, am I alone in thinking that he's nowhere near the player he was 3 or 4 years ago? I think he's lost a yard. I can also see his point about wanting to get off. This is shaping up to be the third season on the bounce where he isn't playing much. At this point in his career, I'm sure he just wants to be playing.
The 3-year deal the club awarded Mirallas looks like it was about it getting the best return possible for the player. He clearly isn't a part of Koeman's plans, long term. You can only ship out so many players in one go and he may have viewed Mirallas as one worth keeping, for now.
78 Posted 08/09/2017 at 08:22:19
79 Posted 08/09/2017 at 08:24:48
Tbh, he may come on as sub a couple of times and score, never know. One thing is guaranteed, if our own players haven't got a clue what he's going to do, then neither will the opposition defenders.
He may fluke a goal or two for us just yet.
He's not great but he's better than Stracq was, and Stracq was lauded on this website. Let's give him a chance and if he is bad then we can at least have a laugh.
Whatever happens, Niasse will definitely be having the last laugh on £55k/week!
80 Posted 08/09/2017 at 08:42:11
Firstly, Koeman is super clear with players and what he wants to do, unlike Dithering Dave and one-tactic Martinez he knows what and who he wants and he makes it clear to players who aren't in his plans (Niasse, Barkley, etc).
Secondly it's clear that he (and the Everton hierarchy) did want a 'quality' replacement for Lukaku last season. We secured Sandro and Rooney early on and the other achievable targets were tied into more complex situations.
Extensive time was obviously spent on the likes of Giroud (he/his wife didn't fancy leaving London), Batashuyi (Chelsea wouldn't sanction this clearly and reportedly didn't go for our Lukaku player + cash deal), and likely many others including Vardy and maybe Costa. The reality is that we didn't get any of these players (in much the same way other clubs didn't get everything they wanted Chelsea didn't get many of their targets, Liverpool didn't get van Dijk, City didn't get Sanchez, Barcelona didn't get Coutinho, etc, etc).
This was not about money or even about incompetence, its more about the realities of our situation to players who will genuinely improve our side are likely to be competed for and also want Champions League football.
In the end, though we improved in most places across the squad, we ended up without the extra striker we wanted (although we do still have 3 first team players who can play up top without Niasse in Rooney, Sandro and Calvert-Lewin) which is frustrating but we are where we are.
We were also super clear with Barkley (who I think has been advised/behaved poorly throughout the whole process), Mirallas (who has been a first team squad player but not automatic choice for years for good reason and we said we wouldn't let go on a loan, we didn't) and Niasse himself (he wasn't previously part of the plans and we'd let him go for the right offer in the end his agent dicked around and fucked up the move by the sounds of things).
Given this situation of being at least one striker light and not being able to offload Oumar, Koeman has evaluated his options and made a pragmatic decision to give Niasse another chance to bolster our forward options (likewise he has also given Barkley a Europa League squad number on the basis we should use him if fit whilst here).
Frankly, I can't really understand what he has done wrong in any of this process:
1. Clear approach to who he wants/doesn't (which also lead to a massive clear out of deadwood that had been soaking up wages for years)
2. Decisive early moves in most areas in the transfer market and clarity about what players could go
3. When the window shut and the dust settled re-evaluated his options and made a pragmatic decision based on what was available/needed, including a climbdown from his previous approach to Niasse, albeit correctly identifyng that the player's attitude has been exemplary throughout a difficult time, unlike most Premier League prima donnas (including our own Mirallas and it would appear Barkley).
81 Posted 08/09/2017 at 09:14:10
He can play at Premier League level; bagging a handful of goals in a shite Hull side proves that. He may not tick all the boxes but pace and hunger aren't traits to be sniffed at.
82 Posted 08/09/2017 at 09:36:37
83 Posted 08/09/2017 at 09:42:12
84 Posted 08/09/2017 at 10:30:00
We are about to embark on a run of 6 games, plus travel, in about 19 days. If we remain in all the competitions, this is the norm until into January. 9 games in December or something like that and maybe 30 plus by the end of December.
We need a squad to cope, so welcome back Oumar. You are certainly needed and I genuinely hope you let us all see your qualities shine through, to go with your apparent dignity.
85 Posted 08/09/2017 at 10:33:50
That was in 19 games I am unsure how many of those were as a starter or sub but if he can do that for relegated Hull, there surely has to be something there to mine for our benefit, does there not?.
86 Posted 08/09/2017 at 11:06:36
Clearly Niasse is unlikely to be the answer but I do wonder where our goals this season are coming from. It's going to be a tough run up to January, methinks, and beyond if we can't sort ourselves out then.
87 Posted 08/09/2017 at 11:23:47
Stuck with no striker because the so called ambitious board couldn't get rid of more players, so we bring back a player the manager was happy to publicly humiliate, and throw him into the fold out of desperation.
Praise for this? What a club!
88 Posted 08/09/2017 at 11:33:42
89 Posted 08/09/2017 at 11:36:36
There is literally no factual evidence to substantiate your point and a hell of a lot of information that would refute it Moshiri investment, Chinese bank facility, previous spending behavior and publicly recognised bids/interest for starters.
The fact we were selling Lukaku and Barkley in the first place is hardly a situation created by Koeman, the board or the club both were offered great contracts but chose not to sign them.
Aside from that, who did we sell of genuine value to the club? Presumably you'd rather keen unmotivated players till their contract runs out and they move for free?
90 Posted 08/09/2017 at 11:49:16
For ages we wanted a manager who showed strength and didn't claim everything was "a special moment"; we got one and now he looks like a bit of a plonker for being so abrupt.
If Niasse and Barkley get back into the squad and prove to be our best players, will we all be calling for Koeman's head as a manager? Or maybe just accepting that people get things wrong from time to time?
91 Posted 08/09/2017 at 11:53:18
Or maybe you found Koeman to be a real insulting bully when he ousted Niasse for no reason and now he's great for being a man.
As for your spends comment, you obviously forgot what happened with other clubs with balls this summer.
92 Posted 08/09/2017 at 11:56:26
On the other hand, the club hasn't hidden the fact that we were looking to offload Barkley and Niasse and would have done so if it wasn't for the former's change of mind, and the latter's agent. So, if the business we attempted on the last day had gone through, would our net outlay have been close to zero over the window?
I'm not saying it was the board's plan only to reinvest the sales money, but that's how it would have turned out. So maybe you can suggest there's no evidence that we were looking to do that, but there's no evidence that we were looking to make a big net spend either.
In the end though, like I say, if Barkley and Niasse had gone as planned, we would have spent a net nothing. Can you name the player we tried to buy on the last day before those selling deals collapsed? I didn't hear us linked with any serious bid.
93 Posted 08/09/2017 at 12:13:18
The facts changed, Koeman changed his position re Niasse. Nothing wrong with that as far as I can see. Sensible thing to do given the circumstances .
94 Posted 08/09/2017 at 12:22:39
95 Posted 08/09/2017 at 12:32:05
Niasse is clearly a contingency - Everton have little to no fire power, so what choice does Koeman have? If Hull would have stayed up they would have purchased Niasse no doubt; Crystal Palace would have had him on dead-line day except for the agent fiasco.
Right now Everton need all the help they can get and although Niasse can do little else than score goals, albeit it is possible he may be able to or can assist, with sometimes good touches, possibly even press; whilst he cannot cross balls into the box, 'He knows where the net is to win games. This is what we need! Rooney gets paid a staggeringly shocking £160,000 per week but is far from perfect, wear 'n' tear etc.
Niasse is currently and will always be much fitter than Rooney, is Pacey, Pacier than Rooney (likely even when compared to Rooney at his best); Niasse is simply an athletics machine he has very impressive pace; is likely to score more goals than Rooney given Rooney's chances (like for like). Niasse's wages are approx. 1/3 of Rooney's, so why not let Niasse take the burden and use his what seems to be incredible reserves of energy and let Rooney Rest? I am borrowing the latter idea from Royal Blue website, 'nough said.
96 Posted 08/09/2017 at 12:36:55
Are we missing a trick here?
97 Posted 08/09/2017 at 12:43:56
98 Posted 08/09/2017 at 12:53:35
Having Sandro and Niasse on the pitch could potentially be like trying to keep control of couple of ferrets.
99 Posted 08/09/2017 at 13:21:23
Sandro is like a puppy we used to have, gets excited and pissed everywhere as she ran about. Sandro has something special; I saw not just his passion but he is used to playing 'Espana' type football, ie, like Deulofeu, they have their box of tricks. Sandro is not playing with a terribly skillful Everton (relative to La Leaga), so he needs to learn how Everton play and not just assume by using his rapid thinking brain that where he lays the ball on for an Everton player that they will automatically be there.
I hope players believe in Niasse also as the more supports he feels from the 1st team and Goodison's fans as a confidence player the more he will believe in himself. Put yourself in Niasse's shoes last season he was the 'Water boy,' this season he has found himself in the first team owing to our desperate situation. One thing about Niasse, he is fearless, will go up against the Red's finest (Man Utd, Liverpool), and the Blues (Man City, Chelsea), and Spurs. When he scored against Liverpool and Man Utd, it made me think different about him, notwithstanding his incompetence as professional football player as you said, can't keep the ball, or as I said, can't cross.
100 Posted 08/09/2017 at 13:39:19
Niasse has simply not been given a chance, he has not played a single minute in the premier league under Ronnie, Ronnie made his mind up after a pre-season friendly and the lack of strikers has forced his hand. I also think the Barkley and Rooney episodes have made him have a rethink.
You can hardly defend Barkley and Rooney for their actions at the same time leave Niasse in the U23s.
Unsworth praised the guy for his attitude and yet Ronnie still said I do not care how many goals he scores, he will have to move to get first team football.
I would like Niasse to get a chance, get some goals, and stick it right up Ronnie's arse.
102 Posted 08/09/2017 at 13:58:31
I bet Kitty or whatever his girlfriend's name is, will be delighted. I find the Oumar Niasse saga to have been one of the funnier ongoing issues at Everton, from the day we signed him entertainment value has been high.
103 Posted 08/09/2017 at 14:01:03
104 Posted 08/09/2017 at 14:04:32
Yet Rooney may just get a fine. Doesn't bother me if it's fair or not, just seems strange.
105 Posted 08/09/2017 at 14:20:52
If he gets a game and scores then I suppose Ronnie will be praised. Maybe not. Niasse has some ability but a little like Traore who played one game, scored, got injured and then let go.
His height alone may help especially for defensive corners etc, but he lacks in other areas.
106 Posted 08/09/2017 at 14:32:19
Don't ask him to whip crosses in or play intricate little passes. If he can do the absolute basics and knock a ball past a defender and run on to it, who knows what might happen!
107 Posted 08/09/2017 at 14:36:20
108 Posted 08/09/2017 at 14:40:11
109 Posted 08/09/2017 at 15:00:28
110 Posted 08/09/2017 at 15:28:42
Seeing as Niasse is the last Everton striker to score a goal in a victory against them since Andy bloody Johnson, I hope to god you are right!
111 Posted 08/09/2017 at 15:37:59
However, if he is good at that, then notwithstanding his (supposedly) awkwardness with his feet, he may be a Godsend, given that we recruited Gylfi to provide a pinpoint crossing service to our "target man" striker, whom we then failed to recruit before the window closed.
Many were clamouring for Giroud to perform this functions whilst also commenting that whilst he was a good target man, he was also slow.
I wonder whether missing out on buying him and selling Oumar will turn out to be a blessing in disguise?
We may already have an ideal target man, in place, who also has pace and whom, has also shown for Hull and the U23s, can score with his feet - even if he looks "awkward" on the ball.
If he can bang them in with his head , or direct them down to Sandro or Klaassen, we may yet end up thanking Martinez for buying him.
£13M for an adequate replacement for Lukaku will look like a good piece of business.
After all, does it matter whether we have one forward who scores 30 goal a season, or three who get 10 each?
As long as the others in the side who have contributed goals in the past, continue to do so at the same level and our defence is tighter than it was, we should certainly be no worse off than before, and probably a lot better, since the defence will ensure that we don't get so many draws as previously, thereby turning 1 point into 3.
As crazy at it may sound now, based on Koeman's initial reaction to Oumar, he may turn out to be the catalyst that gets Sandro and Klaassen up and running and could therefore be the catalyst that heads us upward in the PL pecking order.
Stranger things have happened, as the saying goes.
113 Posted 08/09/2017 at 17:36:59
The stone the builder refused turns out to be the head cornerstone. I hope. NSNO Coybs
115 Posted 08/09/2017 at 18:41:24
Guy looks useless.
116 Posted 08/09/2017 at 19:03:18
117 Posted 08/09/2017 at 20:15:30
All we know is that he was voted Player of the Year in Russia, then we bought him, and he failed to impress after a very few games! Of course, he may have looked like Bambi on Ice in training, for all we know. But we don't actually know if that is true, or not...
I saw some of his goals for Hull, and even though he seemed to stumble into a few of those, he still scored them! Good enough to at least step in for us when some of our (hopefully) future strikers inevitably tire during a season when Everton actually plays more than the League games (+2 cup defeats...)! Crossing my fingers!
118 Posted 08/09/2017 at 21:46:26
From what I've seen of Niasse if you had to point out his better attributes then heading wouldn't be in there. He runs the channels and has that unknown factor due to that well documented awkwardness.
Personally don't think his inclusion in first team training will come to much. He's just quite an average player who can have moments. Probably on par with a Jelavic.
I saw his 45 mins in last years pre season game. He was truly woeful. Though the shunning of him on that 45 mins was not really fair. For me, a major plus point, the guys attitude. He has knuckled down and put in some decent performances for the U23s including the Chelsea game which they won 3-0 recently. In that game he led the line well. That's running the channels though not as a traditional target man.
119 Posted 08/09/2017 at 22:27:58
Fingers crossed he doesn't stuff it up
122 Posted 08/09/2017 at 23:41:08
Am I the only one to wonder what would happen if Leighton was tried in left mid with maybe Galloway behind him?
124 Posted 08/09/2017 at 23:53:12
125 Posted 09/09/2017 at 00:10:42
Bythe way RK looked thoroughly p doff to me during the press conference. Maybe he's counting the days til he leaves.
126 Posted 09/09/2017 at 02:44:11
He doesn't have the quality striker to play the formation he wants but he's going to play it anyway...
So there'll always be one up top, even if he has to resort to relying on a youngster and Niasse to do it.
127 Posted 09/09/2017 at 07:06:16
128 Posted 09/09/2017 at 07:38:02
129 Posted 09/09/2017 at 11:46:50
130 Posted 09/09/2017 at 16:01:22
He can hardly keep Niasse out with his private life, when Rooney is also doing the same, it's a case of Rooney headlines making Ronnie do a u turn on Niasse. Simple as that otherwise Niasse would still be out in the cold.
131 Posted 11/09/2017 at 01:30:44
Oh, and Kenny set one of them up apparently. An even bigger omission I can't fathom...
132 Posted 11/09/2017 at 01:33:18
The system, given the players we have available, seems far more of a problem. If we're going to stick with a ponderous, no width approach, the only viable option is Calvert-Lewin, with all the pressures that places on him.
133 Posted 11/09/2017 at 18:09:32
134 Posted 12/09/2017 at 02:32:24
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