According to Sky Sports, Cardiff have signed striker Oumar Niasse from Everton on loan until the end of the season.
The Senegal international was part of a cohort of underachieving strikers at Goodison Park, something that has been The Toffees’ biggest problem so far this season. It only made sense to move somewhere in which he would play more regularly, and relegation-threatened Cardiff is the perfect place.
However, Everton have already revealed this month the list of players that they are seeking to sell in order to raise money. This list includes midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and James McCarthy, as well as striker Cenk Tosun. The thing that seems the most strange is that Niasse was not a member of the list.
Niasse has not started a single game this season, and this is despite the club’s dire situation regarding strikers. If he has not been able to get into the team this season, there is little or no evidence to suggest that he ever will be able to. At 28 years of age, he is not exactly a player for the future either, unlike someone like Dominic Calvert-Lewin. However, he is still at an age whereby The Toffees would have been able to sell him for a reasonable price.
This is just a decision by the club that does not seem to make much sense. It is unlikely that manager Marco Silva has ever said that Niasse will be part of his plans, so there are some unanswered questions. The Toffees are clearly not afraid to let players go permanently this month, and Niasse should have been one of them.