Everton fans finally had something to cheer about in the Transfer Tavern on Wednesday night after seeing their side get back to winning ways.
Ronald Koeman’s men were stuck in a wretched run of form which consisted of four successive defeats and no win in six, with Premier League defeats at the hands of Chelsea, Tottenham, and Manchester United leaving them languishing in the bottom three.
And with a 3-0 loss to Atalanta in their first Europa League group stage clash last week, the pressure is certainly building on the Toffees chief, although they got that much-needed win on Wednesday night after seeing off Sunderland 3-0 at Goodison Park in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Dominic-Calvert Lewin bagged a brace and Oumar Niasse came off the bench to net a third late on to book their spot in the last 16, where they will travel to Antonio Conte’s Chelsea in a bid to reach the quarter-finals for only the second time since 2008.
The Toffees scored more goals in 90 minutes against the Black Cats than they have done in their five Premier League matches this term, which could indicate a slight selection change ahead of their clash with Bournemouth on Saturday.
And one man who could come in, having endured a horrendous 19 months at the club, is 27-year-old Niasse, whose efforts and brilliantly-taken goal on Wednesday give the slightest indication that he could solve their striking woes in the weeks to come.
The Senegal international moved to Goodison Park back in 2016 but, for reason or another, hasn’t been given the time of day by manager Koeman, and subsequently went out on loan to Hull City back in January, and showed what he could do with four goals for the Tigers.
And with three goals in just two games for the Toffees’ development squad in Premier League 2 this term, Niasse is clearly making great strides, and beginning to look like the player they bought from Lokomotiv Moscow for £13.5 million back in February 2016.
And Koeman clearly feels the same by handing him his first senior appearance since May 2016 on Wednesday night, with the Dutchman likely working out how to solve his striking crisis, which has seen the club bag just two goals in the league so far this season.
Quite simply, Koeman has to find a solution until January at least, and with Wayne Rooney having netted both of their league goals this term, but Sandro Ramirez having failed to score in any competition thus far, Niasse could be the answer.
The 27-year-old took his goal brilliantly against Sunderland to demonstrate his sharp prowess in the box, and with pace and strength to aim at in the box, the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen, and Tom Davies will surely want a player of that presence to look for when putting balls into the box.
More importantly, he has shown a commitment to the cause, and an overwhelming desire to keep plugging away to get this chance. Add that in with the confidence he’ll get from Wednesday’s well-taken goal, and who knows what the Senegal international could go on to do if he’s given a chance in the coming weeks!
Ultimately, Koeman has a striking problem; filling the void left by Romelu Lukaku was always going to be a difficult, almost an impossible task, and so it has proved thus far.
But bringing someone like Niasse in from the cold, someone who scored at this level last season, someone who is riding the wave after a fine goal in midweek, could go some way to solving those issues over the coming weeks and months.
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