Everton forward Oumar Niasse has been loaned to Cardiff City for the rest of the season with the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.
The Senegalese international was the last signing made by Roberto Martinez in 2015 but struggled to make an impact on the first team, with many people joking that he was nowhere near good enough for the Premier League. When Joe Royle asserted at a sportsman’s dinner later that summer that ‘there’s a player in there’ his comments were met with raucous laughter around the room.
Ronald Koeman refused to give him a place in the first team changing rooms at Finch Farm and said that if he wanted to play football then it wouldn’t be at Everton, but was left red-faced when he later called on Niasse to play in the Premier League.
Niasse’s attitude and infectious smile have made him a bit of a cult hero at Everton, but he has not been able to find a place in Marco Silva’s plans and will be wished well by most Everton fans.
A big money signing who failed to live up to expectations at Everton, Niasse will probably be most fondly remembered for the goal he scored against Liverpool whilst on loan at Hull City – also under Marco Silva.
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