Everton fans have been in good voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side get back to winning ways on Saturday.
The Toffees were stuck in a run of four successive defeats prior to the visit of AFC Bournemouth at the weekend, and that looked set to become five when Josh King gave the Cherries the lead just after half time.
However, Oumar Niasse came off the bench to bag a brace and secure a much-needed 2-1 victory for the Merseyside outfit, thus lifting them out of the bottom three, and easing the pressure on manager Ronald Koeman.
And the Toffees will return to Europa League action against Apollon Limassol this evening with renewed confidence after Saturday’s success, although they will have to get the job done without striker Niasse.
The 27-year-old was not included by Koeman in Everton’s squad for Europe’s secondary competition and as such is ineligible to feature at Goodison Park this evening, although the Toffees chief said in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday (via Sky Sports) that he had no regrets not naming him in the squad.
And Koeman’s comments subsequently provoked quite a response from Evertonians on Twitter, with many hoping that he doesn’t come to regret that decision as the competition progresses…
No regrets? Seriously? The lad has just scored 3 in 45 minutes and helped to win 2 games!
— Gary Wilton (@Gazala2) September 27, 2017
in other words i wrote him off ages ago and didn’t expect him to come back and score
— Ian Risdon (@Rizzeve) September 27, 2017
Lets see if he’s saying that tommorow at 10pm
— jay lee (@jasonbefc) September 27, 2017
Nothing to regret yet hopefully there won’t be but ask him again in December.
— Martin Parish (@Treeiup) September 27, 2017
Big mistake by Koeman not registering Niasse for the Europa League.
— Ken Kelley (@Ken_Kelley) September 28, 2017
Fair though, he was expected to leave, that fell through (no fault of Niasses own). Looks like he was going to hang out until summer window.
— Sam (@sam_huis) September 27, 2017
Of course not, continue with the way they are playing he gets a big payoff.
— Donald Andrews (@DonDon_FTO) September 27, 2017
Poor man manager.
— Paul (@pdwyer1987) September 27, 2017
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Koeman is right. If he’d included Niasse instead of Sandro (that’s the kind of choice he was faced with) he’d have been lynched
— Trevor McKinlay (@TrevorMcKinlay) September 27, 2017
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