According to a recent report from Turkish-Football, Everton striker Oumar Niasse could be set for a move away in the New Year. The 28-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League outfit Everton and has done so since 2016, although he hasn’t always been a regular at the Merseyside club in appearing just 38 times in all competitions for the Toffees.
And reports suggest that manager Marco Silva is willing to let the striker go come January, with Galatasaray one side reportedly keen, and while sanctioning his departure makes sense given his first team struggles, they should only do so on the condition that they get a replacement in.
Ultimately, things simply haven’t worked out for Niasse since his move to Goodison Park back in 2016, to the point that former boss Ronald Koeman actually excluded him from the first team during his spell in charge that year.
A loan spell at Hull City in 2017 followed to further underline his lowly place in the Toffees pecking order, yet he played a reasonably big part in their rise to eighth place under Sam Allardyce last season in bagging eight goals in 22 Premier League appearances for the Merseysiders.
Yet the Senegal international has so far struggled to convince new manager Silva of his capabilities with just four league appearances to his name so far, yielding only 48 minutes of action, and as such the Portuguese is reportedly keen on letting him go come the New Year.
And while it would appear that sanctioning his exit makes sense, doing so would leave Everton short on striking options, and as such a replacement must surely be sought and brought in before Silva considers letting Niasse leave.
Currently, the Toffees forward ranks consist of Niasse, Cenk Tosun, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and while they have plenty of options out wide in the form of Richarlison, Theo Walcott, Bernard, and Ademola Lookman, their lack of an out-and-out number nine has hindered them so far this term – getting rid of Niasse would increase the pressure even further on messrs Tosun and Calvert-Lewin.
Yes, Silva did appear to stumble on something in playing Richarlison down the middle on Saturday against Leicester, but only time will tell whether that is a long-term solution – thus, the striking department is looking bare, let alone were they to let Niasse go.
So while the Portuguese may not rate the 28-year-old, he is one of few strikers in the 41-year-old’s squad at present – letting him go makes sense, but only on the condition that they get a replacement in.
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