It was a miserable Cardiff City debut for Oumar Niasse over the weekend as his new team went on to lose 3-0 to Newcastle United in the Premier League at St. James’ Park.
Niasse joined Neil Warnock’s side last week from Everton in a loan move that the 28-year-old really needs to work out.
Niasse made little impact at Goodison Park following his transfer from Lokomotiv Moscow back in 2016 and, despite neither Cenk Tosun or Dominic Calvert-Lewin doing enough to convince Marco Silva that they are worthy of a permanent spot in the starting XI this season, the Senegalese forward still saw barely any minutes.
With that in mind, a fresh start elsewhere is probably what Niasse needs, though it is something that we have already seen with his last loan spell at another Premier League outfit who spent the campaign at the bottom of the table, Hull City.
And in the end, it was a loan spell where Niasse did not have enough goals in him to fire the Tigers to Premier League safety.
This time round, at Cardiff, things could be different. Under Warnock, they look to be a much stronger unit compared to Silva’s Hull, while Niasse is by no means the worst striker to step foot in the Premier League.
He had a fairly decent patch under Ronald Koeman, who reversed his decision to freeze him out and brought him back in from the cold, scoring eight goals in 22 Premier League appearances for Everton last season.
His clumsiness, however, that moment from where he goes from taking the ball past a player to losing it with his following touch, will certainly come as a concern to some, while his addition alone will probably not be enough to keep Cardiff up come May.
Thankfully for supporters, Cardiff also added Emiliano Sala to their squad this month with the Argentine having been in excellent form at Nantes in Ligue 1 prior to joining, giving the Bluebirds hope yet.
Whatever the case, for Niasse, this might just be his last chance in the Premier League after a largely disappointing time in English football’s top-flight so far.
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