During the January transfer window, Everton brought in Cenk Tosun from Besiktas to bolster their forward line with the club severely lacking firepower up front following the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.
However, Tosun has struggled so far this season, leaving manager Marco Silva with quite the dilemma. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse are the Portuguese coach’s only other options up front with neither being the most prolific of strikers.
And given the excitement that surrounded the latter’s arrival at Goodison Park, that will come as a big disappointment to supporters who were expecting big things.
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@Everton a great addition to come off the bench and give Lukaku a breather for some games
— Preston Anderson (@p_boscowolf) February 1, 2016
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Niasse has not been able to establish himself in the first team since joining Everton and has even been forced to train with the club’s U23 side after being banished from the senior squad by Ronald Koeman.
Koeman, now in charge of the Netherlands national team, did eventually recall the 28-year-old who managed to score quite a few goals upon his return.
However, Niasse’s form is very inconsistent with the Senegal international often going from being able to perform a clever piece of skill to falling over the ball.
Ultimately, Niasse is not good enough to lead Everton’s line be it as a first choice or deputy if the club are serious about closing the gap with the Premier League’s top six.
Silva, though, is convinced that the former Lokomotiv Moscow man has plenty to offer.
“He is a player who can give different things than the other players we have in this position,” the Everton boss told the Liverpool Echo back in July.
“He is different than all the others when you look at Cenk and at the other boy Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Oumar Niasse is completely different and in some moments, like this evening in the second-half [pre-season game versus Bury], or when he starts games, he will give different things to the others.”
Nevertheless, regardless of Silva’s views on Niasse right now, the centre-forward’s time on Merseyside has been far from a success.