Former Premier League striker Noel Whelan has hammered Everton forward Oumar Niasse over refusing to leave the club on loan despite offers being accepted for him.
Football Insider reported yesterday that Toffees director of football Marcel Brands had agreed loan offers from two Championship clubs for the 29-year-old, who rejected the proposed moves as he does not want to drop down to the second tier.
However, with the Senegal forward playing in just two Premier League games all season, Whelan questioned his “stubborn” refusal to go out on loan. He told Football Insider: “When two managers are allowing you to leave on loan I think it’s telling a story that you’re not wanted at the football club and you’re not needed. As a player, to say no to playing Championship football is a foolish mistake. He’s going sit there rotting away, doing nothing.
“He’s been given an opportunity to play football for the second part of the season with a Championship side, get his match fitness, get his match sharpness, maybe turn the head of his manager that doesn’t want him. A real opportunity missed in my opinion and kind of stubborn, a stubborn attitude from probably a spoiled player who’s spat his dummy out. Go and play your football, go and ply your trade, go and prove people wrong.”
As strong as Whelan’s condemnation of Niasse was, the ex-Leeds striker is justified in querying why the 29-year-old would not want to get more regular game-time away from Goodison Park. The Senegal international has yet to start a game under Carlo Ancelotti and was never called upon by Marco Silva this season before the ex-Toffees manager was sacked last month.
The writing has been on the wall for Niasse for some time at Everton, for whom he played just 175 minutes across seven appearances in the whole of last season before going on loan to Cardiff. His last goal in senior football came on the final day of the 2017/18 Premier League and hasn’t been able to get into a Toffees side that has hardly been prolific this term, with a mere 26 league goals. Even with Ancelotti’s team not finding the net regularly, Niasse hasn’t been entrusted to try and remedy their goal-shy nature.
Having played so little football at Goodison Park and despite Brands signalling his intentions to move Niasse on, he has still ignored the clear signals about his lowly standing at Everton. Therefore, it’s not surprising that Whelan has questioned the striker’s lack of desire to earn valuable game-time rather than just coasting along on Merseyside.
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