Everton's Oumar Niasse mistreatment set to cost Blues dearly
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Oumar Niasse is expected to leave Everton either in January or July as he’s deemed surplus to requirements. The 28-year-old has struggled for playing time under Marco Silva, Duncan Ferguson and Carlo Ancelotti this season - so it’s hard to see him having a future upon Merseyside past 2020.
The Daily Star says Everton want to offload Niasse in January to raise funds towards new signings, but the Toffees have made an error leaving it so late to sell a man whose contract is winding down.
Overseas clubs won’t pay
With Niasse having six months left on his deal, foreign clubs are now able to agree pre-contract terms with Niasse and have the player make the switch on a free transfer in July. As a result, overseas sides won’t be interested in paying a transfer fee during the January window.
Everton are unlikely to get English clubs paying to sign Niasse, either, as he’s been in poor form over the last 18 months. The Senegal international hasn’t scored a league goal since May 2018, while he spent the majority of 2019 out of the matchday squad.
The Toffees paid £16m to sign Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2016 and aren’t likely to reclaim any of their losses. The striker has set them back £60k-per-week/£3m-a-year in wages, too, so he wouldn’t come cheap for suitors - even on a free...
Manager mistreatment lowered value
Niasse could have been a more valuable asset to sell had he not been exiled from the first-team by previous managers, but years of mistreatment has left Everton with a player that clubs simply aren't going to take an expensive gamble on.
The 28-year-old made only five Premier League appearances in his debut season [2015/16] under Roberto Martinez. The following term saw Niasse loaned out to Hull City [January 13, 2017 – May 31, 2017], having failed to play a single minute of football under Ronald Koeman.
The 2017/18 campaign saw Niasse brought back into the fold by Sam Allardyce. He contributed 11 goals in 23 league games before Marco Silva loaned him out to Cardiff City [January 18, 2019 – June 30, 2019] when the Portuguese took charge.
And this year Niasse has amassed just one minute of playing time in the league. He hasn’t represented Senegal’s national team since October 2018 and no longer gets called up to the squad. His stock couldn't be any lower.
Who could he join?
Niasse has been linked with Galatasaray, Trabzonspor and Besiktas, so his future could be back in Turkey. It seems strange why the 28-year-old would top their transfer wishlist without a league goal in the last 18 months, but Niasse has impressed in the Super Lig before – 15 goals in 40 games for Akhisarspor [2013 - 2014].
Since joining Everton four years ago, Niasse has gone on to make 40 appearances in all competitions, scoring nine goals. He’s not proven himself to be a prolific striker in a stronger division, but many ex-Premier League players have shone in the Super Lig.
Alexander Sorloth [17 appearances, 12 goals] of Trabzonspor and Papiss Demba Cisse [16 appearances, 12 goals] of Alanyaspor lead the Super Lig scoring charts this season. Sorloth scored just once in 20 games for Crystal Palace while Cisse netted only 24 times in his last 105 matches at Newcastle.
Niasse was prolific before joining Everton, too, notching 19 goals in 42 for Lokomotiv Moscow, so he should shine back in Turkey.
Everton has missed their chance to get any money back for Niasse after freezing him out of the first-team and allowing his contract to run down. He was a £16m star earning £3m-a-year in 2016 but now is worthless and playing in the reserves.
The striker’s form has played a large part in his demise, but he’s also been subject to mistreatment too, being loaned out the season after contributing 16 goals in 27 games [2017/18]. Everton only has themselves to blame for wasting more than £26m on Niasse without giving themselves a chance to get any of that money back.