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| Monday, 08 January 2018 80comments  |  Jump to last
Oumar Niasse is the subject of reported interest from Crystal Palace, Brighton & Hove Albion and West Bromwich Albion.

The Guardian claim that Everton will sell the striker for £13m this month if one of those three clubs come through with a firm offer.

Niasse almost moved to Selhurst Park on transfer deadline day last summer but a £10m move collapsed at the last minute.



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John Mckay
1 Posted 08/01/2018 at 21:45:33
Good luck to him if he goes but we need a replacement. M Dembele please.
Mark Tanner
2 Posted 08/01/2018 at 21:51:15
I hope he goes... good guy, not good enough. Yes, please, to Dembele.
Derek Knox
3 Posted 08/01/2018 at 21:53:01
I'll second that vote for Dembele, John, I would rather have him because of his age, and to a degree he has proved he can score.

Some of the others being linked are struggling, Sakho, Silva and Turan, ( approaching thirty).

I wish Oumar all the best, for whoever he moves to, a player who maybe was not what we need, but despite all that happened showed true class, he will always be remembered and respected.

Vijay Nair
4 Posted 08/01/2018 at 21:54:22
I would prefer he stays as it gives us options off the bench.

We should try to get Dembele regardless of whether Oumar stays or goes though.

Colin Glassar
5 Posted 08/01/2018 at 22:00:08
I'm glad Oumar got to feel the Goodison love and appreciation after what that idiot Koeman did to him. Dembele will more than make up for his departure.
Peter Anthony
6 Posted 08/01/2018 at 22:08:16
Oumar Niasse, a man of real class.

If sold, I will be sad to see you leave Oumar. Your coming back from the brink and firing in some goals, showing Koeman up big time. Class personified. Good luck in your future, be it here or elsewhere.

John Mckay
7 Posted 08/01/2018 at 22:20:43
I love Niasse maybe not for his footballing skills but his attitude, desire and will to prove people wrong. He's not a bad player just not as prolific as we all hoped.

Everyone can learn a lesson in life from this guy, truly inspirational.

Brian Ronson
8 Posted 08/01/2018 at 22:23:02
I would echo previous comments. He will be remembered as a person who gave us hope when we didn't have much. From a hard headed business point of view, it is best to sell when his reputation is on the up. In all truth, he does have limitations... but not in terms of his attitude and courage.
Stephen Brown
9 Posted 08/01/2018 at 22:27:11
Amazing that Niasse will have a much greater reception on any return than Ross B! Who would have thought that!

If we can recoup the 㾹m that would be great!

Good luck Oumar! The Blues love a 100%er!

Jim Bennings
10 Posted 08/01/2018 at 22:30:47
If Niasse goes we need to bring in another attacker.

Tosun may well take time, Calvert-Lewin is knackered and hasn't scored the required goals and Sandro is well on his way soon surely?

Lev Vellene
11 Posted 08/01/2018 at 22:35:57
Niasse always gives his all! We can't ask for more than that!

For all of that, he is not our future, so I really do hope we'll let him go to a decent club who'll appreciate him!

We 'lost' that buyer's fee years ago, so "everyone"'s said all the time since! Now just give him the berth he needs, even if we lose the odd quid or two!!!

Paul Dewhurst
12 Posted 08/01/2018 at 22:39:59
John (6) I think he has 5 starts 9 sub apps 6 goals so a goal every 101 minutes

But I agree he's probably my favourite player due to his attitude. I wish him luck and a good run at another club. Would like us to move a few more on and add a bit of quality to the squad.

Rob Dolby
13 Posted 08/01/2018 at 22:43:22
What's the point in selling him? That puts us back to Square One with Calvert-Lewin and a totally unproven player in Tosun.

Niasse gives defenders problems; he might not be the best but surely we can't let him go in this window – it doesn't make sense.

Arsenal and the likes have loads of strikers; we have 2. I don't get it.

Barry McNally
14 Posted 08/01/2018 at 22:49:22
Take the money and run – Niasse can trap a ball further than I can kick it. He's a trier but that's not enough – bad buy but hopefully we can recoup.
Dave Bowen
15 Posted 08/01/2018 at 22:51:06
Tosun will inevitably take time to settle in, so I'd like us keep Oumar until at least the summer. Play Calvert-Lewin or Tosun, then bring on Niasse around the hour mark. However, he may not be happy with that & as others have said, his reputation & stats are good at the mo, so to sell him now makes good business sense.
Shaun McGough
16 Posted 08/01/2018 at 23:14:38
25 goals in 22 games, Tosun could get injured and will take time to settle in. Sandro is being completely overlooked for selection, Kev and Ross both could supply an assist or goal.

Why would we sell Niasse now? Granted he isn't a Messi but our attacking stats for this season show the two areas we need to strengthen in.

Hang on for the club statement of Bolasie and Coleman is like two new players.

Jerome Shields
17 Posted 08/01/2018 at 23:31:01
I agree with Rob (#12), Niasse gives a different dimension to the attack, because he is unpredictable and unorthodox. Under Allardyce are attacking tactics are predictable and easily neutralised, hence they often look non existent. . . Niasse hasn't been used properly and has found himself isolated as has Calvert-Lewin.

He is a better forward (with a better record) than Calvert-Lewin and is a proven goal scorer, in difficult circumstances in Everton's case. Tosun will find himself isolated as well if Allardyce persists with the same tactics. We need to keep strikers and add strikers as Rob says.

Charlie Lloyd
18 Posted 08/01/2018 at 23:33:42
Dembele appears to be a favoured option for quite a few.

He had a decent season scoring 15 in 43 in the Championship for Fulham then 17 in 29 for Celtic albeit in the Scottish Premier League. This season 4 in 13 in a stop-start season due to injury.

He's done well at international level for France U21s with 7 in 10 though I don't know the opposition and at 21 there is lots of potential to improve.

I do have a nagging feeling though that he may struggle with the step-up in level and he won't come cheap.

I'd be more inclined to pass on this lad at the moment and see how he develops.

Rick Pattinson
19 Posted 08/01/2018 at 23:42:32
Why do alot of people think Oumar is a million miles off being a Premier League quality player. He moves... he's strong he can shoot... his attitude is amazing. What is it that doesn't make him high calibre?
James Stewart
20 Posted 08/01/2018 at 23:47:56
Great... even less goals in the team. Last time I checked, only Niasse and Rooney score with any consistency. Selling him to a rival for peanuts makes no sense.
Dave Abrahams
21 Posted 08/01/2018 at 00:06:10
Rob (#12), I'm with you on this one; keep as insurance for the new centre forward. I hope Cenk fills the position, but not many people know how he is going to perform. There are a few goals in Niasse from now to the end of the season; if Tosun proves he has what it takes and Niasse scores some goals, then we can sell Niasse at the end of the season for a lot more than he will go for now. Keep him.
Clive Mitchell
22 Posted 09/01/2018 at 00:08:03
Those who've seen Oumar in the flesh in the Premier League know that he's got it. He's an absolute pest to opposition defences, he never gives up and he can turn matches upside down – as he's done for us more than once.

Without him earlier this season, we'd have been dead in the water, and as far as I'm concerned I'll not be complaining if he stays at the club for another three years.

Peter Fearon
23 Posted 09/01/2018 at 00:10:52
No harm to Oumar but, if someone is willing to roll the dice with £13M on the table, then grab the money and run like the wind. Like now.
Peter Fearon
24 Posted 09/01/2018 at 00:17:51
And Rick (#17) – to answer your question in one word: skill. And talent. Two words.

Great guy. Tremendous attitude and dedication. Never gives up. A pest, yes; but that doesn't do it at this level. He is a mid-table Championship player at best.

Bill Gienapp
25 Posted 09/01/2018 at 01:44:00
Niasse isn't really a starting striker, but he has value as a disruptive force off the bench. I'd keep him around, at least until the end of the season, but can understand the desire to cash in while his stock is relatively high.
Barry Williams
26 Posted 09/01/2018 at 01:49:40
I'd like him to stay. I have to say I was intrigued by his situation. Like many I felt it just didn't add up, so when he went to Hull I tuned in to see how he was progressing.

What I saw was a quick, athletic player with an eye for goal and a pretty cool and calm demeanor when it came to finishing off moves. I still think this. He can be erratic, he can be unpredictable, but he scores, chases everything, never gives up (which is a great quality to have and is infectious in a good way) and you generally know he is on the pitch.

For me, I'd like him to stay. I obviously rate him higher than a lot of supporters do, but I see something he has something to offer, nice to know I am not a voice in the wilderness on this one! As an impact sub, he'd be ideal playing off the big target man we have just bought, I reckon!

Tom Dodds
27 Posted 09/01/2018 at 02:05:54
Why are people debating the ins an outs of this? Remember, it's sell-to-buy time!!!

We're chomping at the bit to get our coin back on a forward, that if he works (as in being a striker) he should be worth 㿀 mill, minimum.

For a 10 slot, you keep handy people like him around, Shirley??

Phil Smith
28 Posted 09/01/2018 at 02:42:47
He'd be the first name on my teamsheet every week. He makes stuff happen. He causes a nuisance and gives his heart and soul. Top man and underrated. Don't sell!
Danny Broderick
29 Posted 09/01/2018 at 02:44:44
Keep him as a wild card off the bench. I dread to think where we would be without Oumar's goals this season.
Steavey Buckley
30 Posted 09/01/2018 at 02:59:08
I can understand letting Sandro and Klaassen leave, but not Niasse. He always makes a valuable contribution when he comes on, and has scored 6 goals already.

With Calvert-Lewin not scoring too many goals and Tosun an unknown quality until he starts scoring, Everton need their goal scorers until they are sure of finishing as high as possible in the Premier League.

Jay Harris
31 Posted 09/01/2018 at 04:13:16
Get him in the box and he will surely have a chance or two and usually converts them.

We lost Kone, Valencia and Lukaku and never replaced them.

It's got to be worth £13m just to be able bring him on for the last 10 mins if we need a goal.

Gavin Johnson
32 Posted 09/01/2018 at 04:44:38
We need another striker, that means we've gotta move someone on. I like Niasse, but we need someone a bit better. Move him on and buy Dembele or Andre Silva.
Brian Porter
33 Posted 09/01/2018 at 06:05:58
With only Tosun and and a very green Calvert-Lewin, apart from Oumar, as our striking options, I don't see the sense in letting him go. Most top Premier League teams have two or three options up front and what do we do if Tosun picks up an injury?

Oumar may be unorthodox and ungainly but he upsets defences and scores goals, our second top scorer this season from limited game time. It would be a very short sighted move to let him go at this time.

David Metcalf
34 Posted 09/01/2018 at 06:26:33
I'm a bit torn here. Like many on here, I think the lad's attitude and work rate have been first class, considering what he went through under Koeman. And there's certainly a goal in him. But in terms of actual ability, I think it's fair to say he's limited.

㾹 million seems reasonable, provided of course someone else comes in. No point us letting him go if we haven't got another striker in the pipeline. But if he does go, then good luck to the lad. And if he stays, at least we know he'll put in a real shift for us.
Kunal Desai
35 Posted 09/01/2018 at 06:46:28
Let Sandro leave before Niasse. I would rather he stay at least until the summer and then bring in another quality forward.
Anthony Flack
36 Posted 09/01/2018 at 07:10:38
Naismith is available on loan...
Ajay Gopal
37 Posted 09/01/2018 at 07:22:31
To people saying move Niasse and buy Dembele or some other striker unproven in the Premier League, I would say that is delusional and dangerous thinking.

Fortunately, we have more experienced people in charge of recruitment and I am sure Sam Allardyce will not allow Niasse to go unless replaced by a proven Premier League goalscorer – someone like Welbeck, Sturridge, Giroud, Benteke, Batshuayi, or Rashford. If they are unavailable, we should keep Niasse until the end of the season.

Adam Scott
38 Posted 09/01/2018 at 07:35:02
I would let Oumar go. In a wider market, teams may be less willing to gamble on him.

I get that he had been effective at times. At others though, his lack of technique really breaks down an attack. He can't control the ball, or really pass. He has pace and can shoot. Long term though he is one who has to go.

Samdro, despite some detractors on here, deserves time. He Is a far better footballer but needs to find his feet. We need to start thinking more long term now, especially with us probably safe. Jettisoning Sandro in favour of Niasse is a small-time move, sorry.

Sam Hoare
39 Posted 09/01/2018 at 07:36:04
Surprised so many people are advocating Dembele, he's been pretty poor this season and is still very unproven in any semi-decent league.

Niasse, for all his flaws, has got us goals. He is our second highest scorer and gives 110% every time he's on the pitch. Why rush to lose him?

Steve Bird
40 Posted 09/01/2018 at 07:41:27
To throw a cat amongst the pigeons, there seems to be a swathe of good old sentiment towards Oumar who seems to revel in the role of mistreated good guy who was ostracised by vindictive management.

The truth is something distinctly different. I have been repeatedly told by Everton staff past and present that, when he first arrived, his arrogance and aloofness stunk the place out. He was unapproachable and particularly caustic to backroom staff!!

Okay he turned things around and is undoubtedly a trier but his smiling good guy persona is a myth, in my opinion. Never good enough to take us where we should be heading quality-wise, but that's a given.

Neil Wood
41 Posted 09/01/2018 at 08:02:37
Steavey @ 30 & Kunal @ 34

What are your reasons for writing off Sandro?

He is a very young man with oodles of ability. Whilst I accept he hasn't made an immediate impact and has somewhat struggled to adapt, look no further than over the park and Salah's return to the Premier League... De Bruyne etc.

I'm not saying he will be in that league; however, there is an extremely talented player in there and we would be massively foolish to dismiss him. Certainly not in favour of a player (Niasse) who, despite giving his all and becoming a fans favourite, is essentially a Championship-level striker.

Adam Scott
42 Posted 09/01/2018 at 08:14:16
Also, I think that people ignore Oumar's opinion on this. According to the article, he wants regular football. At Everton, he is a good impact sub. That may not be enough for him though. Even his biggest fans must accept that he is never going to be at that level. His all-round game is poor.
Colin Glassar
43 Posted 09/01/2018 at 08:19:48
Let's be honest here. He's rubbish and we (most) all know it. Yes, he was badly treated. Yes, he comes across as a nice lad. Yes, he scores some goals, but at the end of the day he's still rubbish.

Stop the sentimental gibberish and admit we need players of a far higher standard. Good luck Oumar in the future, hope you do well – somewhere else.

Rob Baker
44 Posted 09/01/2018 at 08:28:17
The clearing of deadwood begins. I know Niasse has scored a few goals but they were hardly quality efforts. He is a terrible footballer so if we can get our money back, I'd be happy.

Klaassen can return to Holland as he is totally inept at this level. I agree with the "Keep Sandro" shouts as he really hasn't been given a fair crack of the whip yet.

Jon Withey
45 Posted 09/01/2018 at 08:32:11
We need a replacement first surely – and we just lost Mirallas... Sandro too?

Not that there is a whole lot to play for, but it only takes a Cenk injury...

Martin Nicholls
46 Posted 09/01/2018 at 08:46:53
Wanted by Palace, West Brom and Brighton – not Man City, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool etc – says it all really doesn't it?

I'm one of those who made my mind up about our Oumar before Brown Shoes was sacked and whilst I'm obviously grateful for the goals he's scored, haven't changed it. The guy is not of the standard we should be aspiring to and Colin @43 says it all for me.

Whether or not he's a "good guy" is totally irrelevant – Roy Keane (for example) wasn't such a good guy but Ferguson quite rightly didn't see that as being of any significance. Assuming we replace him before window closes, sell him now for the 㾹 million apparently on offer – better still, let the three interested clubs bid against each other.

As for Tosun being an "unknown quantity", he may be to most of us here on TW but we have to assume that he is not so "unknown" to Allardyce et al.

Peter Laing
47 Posted 09/01/2018 at 08:50:03
What a difference a year makes. Martinez's final signing who at face value appeared to be one of our worst signings to date in the modern era. Credit to Oumar he proved his doubters wrong and showed humility in the face of the appalling treatment that he received from Koeman.

Looking at this deal in the cold light of day an offer of 㾹 million should not be sniffed at. Niasse is hardworking, committed and doesn't give up or hide. He can find the net given chances but in my opinion his all round game is just not at the level required to take us forward.

Would Niasse get in any of the teams that we are aspiring to compete with? The answer is a resounding No. Looking at the options Tosun is untested, Calvert-Lewin developing and Sandro on the fringes on a massive weekly salary and therefore unlikely to move on in terms of a permanent basis ?

Dembele is an obvious attraction but I'm also surprised nobody has mentioned Aubameyang. He looks China-bound on a 㿪 million deal and probably eye watering wages. If Everton mean real business we should be looking at forwards in the 㿞 million bracket – goals win games and a proven striker is what is required.

Geoff Lambert
48 Posted 09/01/2018 at 09:19:42
Keep Sandro over Niasse Ha ha! both not the best but only one can score goals.

Niasse stays untill we get 2 new strikers who can score goals.

Tony Marsh
49 Posted 09/01/2018 at 09:26:31
㾻 million for Barkley and a possible 㾹 million for Niasse easily pays for the Tosun deal. If we get our money back on Sandro, possibly ٢ million for Kev and somehow get maybe ٦ million for Klaassen, that could be a total net spend of around two Bob in the Moshiri era.

What a joy it is to have a Billionaire owner take over our club! Only at Everton could we find a mega-rich new owner and actually spend less than we used to previously spend on players.

We've got to hand it to Bill Kenwright — he is a master at the illusions game. He's fooled us all yet again. It wasn't that long ago that fans on here were saying it won't be long until Moshiri and friends chuck Bill overboard... Hmm... I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon.

Keith Monaghan
50 Posted 09/01/2018 at 09:28:08
All that's relevant is his abilities as a footballer and whether or not we need him.

It's been clear from his appearances since joining us that he's a very poor footballer, on a par with previous strikers such as Bernie Wright & Brett Angell, so not good enough for us - was a shocking signing.

We don't need him – we need much better. I know very little about Tosun but am happy to back Sam's judgement based upon his apparent view of Niasse. I also think Sandro looks a much better option than Niasse – is more of an all-round footballer who has been given very little opportunity and is worth giving more chances in the rest of this season (like-wise Klaassen).

If anyone involved in recommending the signing of Niasse is still at the club, I hope they have been removed from involvement in any more transfers.

Tony Everan
51 Posted 09/01/2018 at 09:33:49
Good luck to Oumar, I was shocked by his treatment, especially by Koeman, and amazed at his good nature. He is a quality person.

However, with new signings, his game time here will be further diminished; at his age, he will be better off moving on.

All Evertonians have got a soft spot for him, and I am sure we all wish him every success in the future.

Ray Robinson
52 Posted 09/01/2018 at 09:34:53
Buying a striker, particularly from another league, is always a matter of chance unless the player is proven top quality. Some mature, eg, Henry, some flatter to deceive and go through a purple patch at the beginning, eg, Jelavic, Gabbiadini? some flourish at one club only (eg, Lambert) and some simply do not cut the mustard (eg, Berahino).

Sometimes though, a striker can have a new lease of life by moving on. Worth having a punt on Iheanacho who already appears to be surplus to requirements at Leicester? Even Slimani?

We certainly need to replace Niasse if he goes as we would only be one injury to Tosun away from being totally reliant on Calvert-Lewin again. Difficult though when you only play one striker at a time.

Craig Walker
53 Posted 09/01/2018 at 09:39:06
Loved his attitude to get back into the team and get some crucial goals for us this season. Ultimately though, he didn't have enough in his locker and wasn't good enough for Everton FC. I wish him well for the future though.

I'd like to see us get another forward in. I'd take a punt on Walcott or even Sturridge – can't stand the guy but he knows where the goal is and would offer more goals than Sandro and Calvert-Lewin.

Adam Scott
54 Posted 09/01/2018 at 09:55:13
Geoff, Sandro has scored plenty in La Liga, come through the Barcelona system, and has scored at age level for Spain. He has scored two very good goals for us.

If we are going to buy young players from abroad, in the hope of them emulating the likes of Henry, Ronaldo etc in being big hits, or even the likes of Eriksen etc at Spurs, we need to gjve them time. To make a snap judgement on such little football is unwise.

On Niasse, he is a decent guy. Lauding him for hanging around and getting his head down has to be tempered with the fact that part of his thinking was based on the fact he is earning £55k a week at a level he probably never thought he would be. You wouldn't rock the boat too much, would you?

Peter Anthony
55 Posted 09/01/2018 at 09:56:10
Niasse himself said he lacks a good first touch, because he was not schooled in an academy when in his formative years, but was playing on rock hard African uneven, bare pitches.

Thus he learnt to have controlled chaos! He flicks the bouncing ball about and is where it lands before the defender knows what day it is. He is very unorthodox, which can be a strength.

Pace, power, passion, hunger, desire, cool and calm when pulling the trigger. This boy is a rough diamond that scores goals. Agree he can score and win with us. Oumar out? No! Oumar in please Sam!

Derek Knox
56 Posted 09/01/2018 at 12:09:07
It's probably inevitable that Oumar will move before the window closes, however the ridiculous fees that are getting bandied around, £13M for a striker seems small beer.

They are talking about Jonny Evans, who is approaching 30, moving for anything up to £30M, good defender yes, but come on, it's going crazy.

Luckily, it may be that crazy that we get rid of Schneiderlin.

Michael Williams
57 Posted 09/01/2018 at 13:16:24
He truly looks poor when playing, all arms and legs buy he scores goals and makes play. He also make plays in the opponent's box. I for one don't care "if his skill is poor" as so many have said. He scores goals!
Alan J Thompson
58 Posted 09/01/2018 at 13:31:50
You may not have much of an opinion of Niasse but he is our second leading goal scorer albeit behind a player passed his best who gives the ball away rather too often. Let's hope his replacement can do at least as well and gets more game time.
Eddie Dunn
59 Posted 09/01/2018 at 13:54:07
Keep him, he upsets defenders, creating mahem in his wake and he is a cool finisher. He can score goals, which is a dept we are far from blessed with. Injuries happen and who knows what Tosun will do?
Barry Williams
60 Posted 09/01/2018 at 14:06:19
It was against Bournemouth recently that Niasse got an assist, he kept the ball well and with a deft flick of the outside of his boot set up the chance for Gueye. There was a lot of technique there, not to mention awareness!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9MnY3a8b9g

Peter Fearon
61 Posted 09/01/2018 at 14:09:11
Amid all the reasons for keeping him hanging around for 20 minute appearances off the bench and the occasional start if someone is injured there is another consideration. The Player.

He deserves the opportunity to be a starting striker in another club, possibly another division. He can carve out a career as an unorthodox goal scorer in the right environment and after the way he was treated by the club he should be assisted in doing so.

Shane Corcoran
62 Posted 09/01/2018 at 14:32:31
I hope we go for Arda from Barecelona just so we have Tosun and Turan.
Paul Birmingham
63 Posted 09/01/2018 at 14:53:19
Surely the board will ensure that a proven replacement is secured first, based on lessons learnt from last summers transfer fiascos?

I'd keep Oumar until a replacement is found and is secured.

This is Everton and we all know nothing is straight forward.

Jay Harris
64 Posted 09/01/2018 at 15:07:28
Shane,
Turan is allegedly a nightmare.

Never gets on with his team mates and coaches and is all for himself.

He is the last personality we need at Finch Farm.

Players worth a punt imo are Dembele, Slimani, Gabbiadini and the kid at Forest. More in hope than expectation Vardy or Dzeko.

Steve Ferns
65 Posted 09/01/2018 at 15:31:07
If we have to sell to buy, then sell Niasse and buy a left back.

As for replacing him, we have Tuson, Calvert-Lewin and Sandro all competing for one spot, why do we need a 4th?

I could understand a wide forward to support Tosun or Calvert-Lewin and add pace to the flank, but for a No 9, we have our quota, we need to cut down the numbers in the squad, and there's Fraser Hornby in the U23s who did well in Cyprus.

Eddie Dunn
66 Posted 09/01/2018 at 15:46:03
Steve Ferns. Niasse has scored goals in the Premier League. Sandro and the young Hornby have not. We have got plenty of young lads in the team already so we need to keep those like Niasse. Goals are at a premium for us, so selling one of our few proven goal scorers is folly.
David Pearl
67 Posted 09/01/2018 at 15:50:30
How can you include Sandro as a Number 9 Steve? He is absolutely hopeless. It's not about confidence as in the case of Niasse (who doesn't always stay switched on) it's the fact he'd rather fall over as soon as a defender touches him.

Sell Sandro and keep the pace of Niasse (and goals). Again the question raised over the role of Walsh. Is he director or football or of recruitment? I'd go for Mhkytarian and Shaw from the little man.

Shane Corcoran
68 Posted 09/01/2018 at 16:02:28
Jay, just a play on words. A failed, weak play on words.
Tony Hill
69 Posted 09/01/2018 at 17:02:11
Good to see Klaassen's agent saying that the player wants to stay and justify selection. He's had a wretched start but I think he's going to do well, in fact very well, for us.
Michael Williams
70 Posted 09/01/2018 at 18:17:51
Niasse looks a terrible player, all awkward arms and legs for sure. I would wager he looks terrible in training as well, yet he scores goals! He is aggressive and plays a full shift, always pressing the defenders and goalies.

He scored goals last year on loan with a terrible team and he is scoring goals this year. Sometimes I wonder if players who have an end product but don't look good in the process are more often than not disregarded.

Tom Bowers
71 Posted 09/01/2018 at 18:36:31
He is obviously not Prem. standard but to be honest he has been in a squad that has had a bad time since he came and others costing more have also been awful.

The likes of Keane, Sandro and Klaassen have not put in the performances we all would have hoped for and even Sigurdsson has been inconsistent. Bad signings so far and Koeman to blame for them.

Lets hope that this guy Tosun can get off the mark quickly otherwise he will be getting the bad press as well, as I am sure many are chomping at the bit to lambaste Big Sam at the earliest opportunity from people in this column.

Richard Mason
72 Posted 09/01/2018 at 18:54:10
What does anyone think of Iheanacho from Leicester City. Would he be worth a look at??
Tony Everan
73 Posted 09/01/2018 at 19:33:51
Tosun, Turan

Good names for a new car?

Yah, yah just picked up my new Ford Tosun tdi.

Mark Rankin
74 Posted 09/01/2018 at 19:48:50
Niasse can go, he isn't the future. Calvert-Lewin, Cenk & Sandro will have to do.

The priority is a left back as Baines and Garbutt with Galloway on loan (although wasn't he a centre-half played out of position!) is negligent. We are overstocked in centre-mid, centre-half and need to move a few players on; out wide there is too much untested youth.

Mike Gaynes
75 Posted 09/01/2018 at 20:18:52
David Pearl, please tell me you're joking about Mkhitaryan.

He would cost a fortune... yet if you looked up the term "flatters to deceive" it would have Mkhitaryan's photo next to it.

Andy Crooks
76 Posted 09/01/2018 at 21:21:15
Shane, I liked it. You're wasted on here.
Roman Sidey
77 Posted 09/01/2018 at 21:47:33
I would rather the club kept him at the moment, but for the right fee I'd be happy for him to go and get regular minutes and perhaps forge his way into the Senegal WC squad.

All that being said, it's time for Everton to play hard ball for once. The clubs quoted as interested in the article have scored 16, 17 and 20 goals. They need goals and in 2018, £13 million pound is biscuits. Squeeze more money out of them the way clubs to it to us.

David Pearl
78 Posted 10/01/2018 at 06:01:16
I don't think he'd cost that much, Mike, and when he's on form I think he's quality and would do well for us.
Dennis Ng
79 Posted 11/01/2018 at 00:24:16
I would prefer we keep him. His effort and attitude should be good for the training ground if not matchday. We should be shoring up options, not letting them leave.
Peter Roberts
80 Posted 19/01/2018 at 12:09:51
Not sure if anyone's seen the gossip but, after failing to get Carroll, Chelsea are now looking at 36-year-old Peter Crouch.

Maybe we could try and tempt them with Niasse having got rid of Barkley?

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