Everton boss Ronald Koeman has reinstated Oumar Niasse to the Everton first team squad after saying last season that the Senegalese striker has no place in his future plans.
Niasse then showed what Koeman agrees was a “perfect” attitude towards his situation, scoring for fun with an Under 23 squad who enjoyed working with him, before scoring in a poor Hull side while on loan in the second half of the season.
At one point, Niasse was completely removed from accessing first team facilities at Finch Farm last season, but Koeman said that he is prepared to let the former Lokomoitiv Moscow man fight for a place in the first team.
“Niasse is back in the first team. He did a training session today,” he said.
“It gives us another option for the striking position.
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“It’s not necessary to speak any more about what happened last season, I found that now is the right time to bring him back to the first team.
“He’s an Everton player and sometimes in life you need to give some opportunities.
“Last season was a different season; maybe we had other strikers so we found it difficult to find a position for him.
“But his behaviour was perfect. He played games for the under-23s and I think now is the right time to bring him back to the first team.
“He needs to fight like every player for his opportunity.”