On This Day – September 23rd 2017
Everton manager Roberto Martinez signed Oumar Niasse at the end of the January transfer window in 2016 for £13.5 million from Lokomotiv Moscow, with the 25-year-old penning a four-and-a-half-year deal. During that time, Everton’s managerial merry-go-round would see five permanent managers appointed and two caretakers – what a mess!
The move didn’t really work out from the start, with the Senegalese international struggling with a wrist injury and a lack of fitness so that at the end of his first half-season he had only totted up 154 minutes of game time.
Worse was to follow as following the sacking of Martinez, Dutchman Ronald Koeman took over and was so unimpressed with the striker he was not given a squad number for the 2016-17 campaign and demoted to the Under 23 squad as well as famously being denied a locker! Niasse contributed well to David Unsworth’s side and then found himself moving on loan to Hull City in January 2017, then managed by future Everton boss Marco Silva, where he scored five goals in 19 appearances.
At the end of the loan spell he was back at Goodison for the 2017-18 season and made his first appearance in an EFL Cup third round match against Sunderland, three days before this clash with Bournemouth. The Blues were losing 1-0 to the Cherries when Niasse came on as a substitute for Wayne Rooney and his two late goals turned the match on its head.
Ronald Koeman was dismissed in October after a 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal, but in the next game at Goodison, Niasse sparked a comeback against Watford, scoring the first goal in a 3-2 victory after the Blues had been trailing 2-0 to Marco Silva’s Watford, and he finished the season as the club’s second-highest scorer behind Rooney.
When Marco Silva was appointed boss in May 2018, the prospects for Niasse’s Everton career looked bright given their joint involvement at Hull, but he never figured prominently for the Portuguese boss and he saw out his contract until June 2020 – though Silva had himself already left by then, having been sacked in December 2019.
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