Why Everton need to make a decision on the future of Oumar Niasse
The 29-year-old was a big-money signing from Lokomotiv Moscow back in the winter transfer window in 2016 but he is currently lost in the cold at Goodison Park, with Silva clearly not favouring the Senegalese international.
Niasse, who is out of contract at Everton next summer, was expected to go out on loan prior to the start of the ongoing season after being frozen out of the squad by Silva but a temporary move elsewhere failed to materialize.
The Senegalese hitman has only managed meagre returns of 9 goals in 39 appearances for Everton in all competitions till date since his move to Merseyside three years ago, with his last goal coming in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of West Ham on the final day of the 2017-18 campaign.
Truth be told, Niasse has never really managed to gain the trust of Marco Silva, given that he only featured 7 times in all competitions during the first half of the 2018-19 season before being loaned out to Cardiff City in January, which was his second loan stint at Goodison Park following a temporary spell at Hull City in 2016-17.
In fairness to Niasse, he has never really been given a fair crack of the whip at Everton, with frequent managerial changes over the last three years making it difficult for him to settle down in English football.
Having found first-team opportunities difficult to come by under Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman, Niasse enjoyed a fair bit of involvement under the stewardship of Sam Allardyce and showed strong signs of promise but that has once again faded away since the appointment of Silva.
The 29-year-old’s game primarily revolves around pace and power but his lack of technical abilities means that he is not really the ideal centre-forward for Silva, who apparently favours having more technically-competent centre-forwards to lead the attack.
Of course, if the Senegalese international hasn’t been able to make the grade under three different managers at Everton, it is pretty easy to figure out that he doesn’t have a future at Goodison Park.
Agreed, playing under different philosophies hasn’t worked in his favour but it is hard to overlook the deficiencies in his game. It is a no-brainer that the Toffees cannot afford to put their trust ion mediocre players if they are to push on and break the top-six lock in the Premier League.
Plus, Everton have gone through radical changes in the striking department over the past 18 months or so, with new recruits like Cenk Tosun, Richarlison and Moise Kean coming through the door, whilst Dominic Calvert-Lewin has also made his mark.
Oumar Niasse is yet to make a senior competitive appearance for the Toffees in any competitions this term and, with his contract set to expire in 2020, Everton certainly need to make a call on his future.
The 29-year-old might choose to play out his contract peacefully and then leave for free next summer but it would a real shame to see him depart for absolutely nothing, given that Everton had to spend £13.5 million to bring him to the club three years ago.
Niasse’s stocks in the market have taken a battering over the course of his ill-fated spell at Goodison Park but he is still good enough to command a sizeable fee and Everton need to find a potential suitor for his services in January in a bid to recoup whatever money they can by selling him.
Truth be told, it hardly makes any sense for Everton to keep him on their payroll and pay him the wages for doing next to nothing, nor does it for Niasse, who should be looking to move on from Merseyside as soon as possible in order to resurrect his faltering career.
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Everton have only managed a tally of 5 goals in 8 Premier League games this season and that he is not being considered for selection even during such a dire goalscoring crisis is indicative of the fact that the writing is on the wall for the 29-year-old.
All in all, Everton should make it a priority to sell Oumar Niasse in January in order to free up some valuable funds, even if it means moving him on at a loss. That would, indeed, be in the best interests of all parties involved.