The final chapter in bizarre Everton career of Roberto Martinez's last man in
It will come as no surprise to hear that Everton are preparing to facilitate Oumar Niasse’s exit from the club. The Liverpool Echo states the Senegalese striker is set to be sold in January. The report claims Everton are ready to accept a bid of less than half the £13.5 million they spent on the player.
It will bring an end to one of the strangest of Everton careers. Roberto Martinez’s final signing as Everton manager never looked up to scratch. He featured just seven times that season.
Martinez was sacked in the summer and replaced by Ronald Koeman. The new manager was less than impressed with Niasse. He was demoted from the first-team, stripped of a squad number and had his club locker revoked.
“He is a strong, powerful striker who can play in different positions. He is going to be a terrific, fresh addition to a squad that will welcome his ability.
“I’m really pleased to be able to bring in Oumar in this window. We moved a couple of players on and the freshness Oumar Niasse brings is going to be very positive going forward.”
Niasse then went on to have a successful loan spell under current boss Marco Silva at Hull City. That caused a mini-renaissance at Goodison Park but it has not lasted long.
When Martinez signed him it was seen by many as a good deal. Niasse had been scoring plenty of goals for Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia. However, it soon became clear he was not the lethal finisher Everton were hoping for.
Niasse deserves plenty of credit. His hard-working attitude saw him come back from the brink of his Everton career once before. However, on this occasion, it appears time is up for the 28-year-old.