Ronald Koeman

Koeman: We have to include Niasse in our squads

Oumar NiasseEverton boss Ronald Koeman has said that Oumar Niasse has played himself into contention for a starting place this season after scoring 3 goals in two substitute appearances.

The Blues were losing 1-0 at home to Bournemouth this afternoon when Niasse was brought on and, thanks to fellow sub Tom Davies, bagged a brace that gave Everton all three points.

Koeman had previously said that if Niasse wanted to play football, he must leave the club, but 12 months later, Niasse is scoring for fun.

“Calm, yes, after the game,” admitted Koeman.

“There are a lot of emotions but we didn’t play well enough in the first half.  We didn’t create enough.

“We took the right decision after going 1-0 down to play with two strikers and to play a little bit more direct.

“That was important to change the game and to have more domination and aggression.

“Finally we won the game.

“Sometimes substitutes can bring a lot but more credit to Niasse, Davies and Kenny because they did a good job after a difficult time.

“They showed great character.

“[Oumar] is bringing at least more aggression.  We needed another striker close to Dominic to press better than we did before.

“He scored a great first goal.  All credit to Oumar because that’s what life is about and if you get your chance you have to take it.

“Of course as a player when you perform as he did then you will be very stupid not to count about Niasse for the future.

“It’s a totally different world after winning.

“You have difficult moments every season and today was a very big win which will give everyone the boost we needed.”

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