Senegal striker signs on until 2020
Everton have finalised the acquisition of Oumar Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow in a deal worth £13.5m.
The 25-year-old underwent a two-part medical today before wrapping up the formalities of personal terms and inking a four-and-a-half-year contract at Finch Farm this evening.
He has qualified for a work permit via the new Exceptions Panel for foreign players in England but is awaiting a visa so he will not be eligible for Wednesday's game against Newcastle United.
Relatively unknown to most observers in the Premier League before this week, Niasse becomes Evertonís third-most-expensive signing in the clubís history behind Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku.
Reportedly scouted by the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham and approached by Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen recently, it has been revealed that Everton have been watching him closely since October. He is believed to favour a move to the Premier League and the northwest in partcular to be close to his wife who works in Manchester.
"I know Everton is one of the big clubs here in England, with history, fans and great players. It's a big dream to play for them," Niasse is quoted as saying by BBC Radio Merseyside.
"The manager believes I am a player who can add something to the team. It was not difficult to understand and talk to each other.
"I started to watch [them[ at the beginning of October when I heard of their interest. They have good players and a good coach."
The Senegal international is described as having blistering pace and ability to lead the line on his own. ToffeeWeb spoke with Russian Football News writer Ilya Sokolov who explained that, "unlike many foreigners who come to Russia, Niasse didn't lose his passion.
"He can shoot from distance, his opening is good, his dribbling is unpredictable. He has some problems with finishing, though. I hope it doesn't become a problem. In Russia he still managed to score many goals."
Writing for FourFourTwo, Michael Yohkin described Niasse's strengths and weaknesses in a bit more detail, explaining that he is quick and strong but is averse to using his left foot and needs to be feel wanted.
Niasse is a versatile and multi-talented player. He is very quick and physically strong, willing to take on any defender. His right-footed shots are fierce, and he is dangerous not only in the penalty area, but from long range as well. The Senegalese is good in the air and knows how to position himself. Having played on the flank in his early days, he possesses sound technical skills.
One of the Niasse's major strengths is his unselfishness. He will usually pass the ball when a team-mate is in a better position, and the number of assists he provided in Turkey and Russia speaks for itself. He is also a very hard-working striker who covers a lot of ground without the ball and loves to chase defenders. In short, he has a potential to become a good modern striker.
Niasse started his career at Ouakam in his native Senegal before moving on loan to Norway following a successful trial with Brann Bergen in 2012. He joined Akhisar Belediyespor a year later and was snapped up by Lokomotiv the summer after that, signing for the Russian club in a £4m deal.
He was named Russia's Player of the Year for 2015 having scored 8 goals in just 13 starts (with six assists) and notching two goals in four games in the Europa League. Only Brazilian star Hulk was involved in more goals in the Russian League last year.
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1 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:07:37
It was an area of the side that needed to be urgently addressed so I'm glad the club have moved to do so. Hopefully he can make the impact Martinez and Kevin Reeves believe he can.
We could have done with a fullback and a goalkeeper but this will do for now.
2 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:11:28
It doesn't really matter that we've signed a forward. We cannot defend and we concede two or three goals every game and the clown of a manager won't change his philosophy that seems to be that defending doesn't matter.
We will still continue to lose games and drop down the league as long as Martinez is in charge.
That said, I hope that I am proved wrong and I wish the new fella all the best.
3 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:15:09
4 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:15:28
5 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:15:49
6 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:18:21
While I agree we have problems defensively, I think they are more down to tactics and coaching etc rather than our defenders not being good enough.
We do however need another forward who can score goals to either support or replace Lukaku.
While it does seem a lot for a relatively unknown let's hope he can do the business.
7 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:19:26
8 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:20:57
9 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:21:11
11 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:22:20
12 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:22:43
Done the business in Turkey, Russia and for Senegal and seems to have good close control, pace and goal-scoring knack.
Just a shame we've feck all to play for this year.
13 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:23:46
14 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:25:01
I don't think we needed to sign a defender no. I think that we have enough talented defenders already at the club but the way the manager dismisses defending as a basic part of what is needed to be successful means that those defenders are being made to look fools week in week out. I'm actually happy with the defensive talent that we have both first team now and the young players coming through.
I would have loved for us to spend big on a top class keeper but as long as calamity Tim can walk he will remain automatic choice.
15 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:29:57
16 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:33:35
17 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:33:54
18 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:35:07
He is delusional. We're in more trouble.
19 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:35:56
Hope he does well and welcome to the club Niasse!
20 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:36:38
21 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:38:22
22 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:38:53
23 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:39:09
24 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:39:43
25 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:39:50
26 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:40:03
Just wondering, now that Bill has shelled out £13m+, does that not contradict, that he's in the process of selling the club?.
27 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:43:48
Actually sounds like a type of player we need. Evidence of whether it is true will follow.
28 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:44:27
29 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:48:53
30 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:50:37
That aside, let's hope it's a good signing for us and wish our new arrival a long and successful career with us.
31 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:52:47
32 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:53:19
Doesn't the club realise it's their job to keep Twebbers miserable?!
33 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:55:01
Must be a short season in Russia or every other player is crap.
This will either be a masterstroke or will cost RM. Hope this works out cos we need something positive right now.
34 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:58:15
Well ............ I can dream, can't I?
35 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:58:37
Mark #4, players come and go but we can't stand still.
36 Posted 01/02/2016 at 21:59:55
The new signing is encouraging in that it is always nice to know we are trying to strengthen the squad. Whether he is any good remains to be seen. Here's hoping.
37 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:02:29
38 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:03:04
39 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:09:42
40 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:12:48
I don't know why as, admittedly I know bugger all about him so I'm guessing I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt.
My expectations are so low at the moment (no further slump will do this season) that anyone above the 'journeyman' type would be a bonus.
The price tag suggests quality so let's welcome the lad and hope he has a long and successful Everton career.
A brace in a two-nil win at Anfield would be a good start.
41 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:13:26
42 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:13:33
43 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:14:51
Welcome to Everton Niasse, now show us what you can do.
45 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:21:27
46 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:21:46
47 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:24:07
Cannot believe the negatives on here, we have one hell of a defence with backup, its' the coaching and management that needs sorting.
You can understand one player hitting a poor run, but not an entire backline.
48 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:25:23
The reports on his work rate and passion are good too ...
Much better than Nais and Kone so an improvement!
49 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:29:00
We have one hell of a talented back line that is learning and maturing ... yes some orrible individual mistakes .. and yes we need a new GK ..
However the style and skill and expansive play is lovely to watch and this is the only way we can make a leap to the top ...
The defence will sort itself out shortly ...
50 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:29:34
51 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:31:35
52 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:31:59
53 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:36:46
54 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:40:17
55 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:42:46
56 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:46:42
Honestly, all I read on here is the glory of past Everton and how we shouldn't settle for mid table etc., etc., blah, blah, blah. The minute any manager goes out and signs a player with potential to be excellent, you all complain about the money.
If you want to compete, the players cost $. No more looking in bargain bins and yard sales for a rare find to be cheaply had. I am not saying stop looking but FFS it shouldn't be the bulk of the team anymore should it? Set the sights a little higher. Lukaku at £28 million and this player at £18 million are still outside the range of what the Sky Top 4 pay. The fact that Everton have two pricey signings and were chasing a couple of others at the beginning of the season should make you all so giddy that you can't see straight. Instead it is, "I doubt he is worth it, African players don't do well over here, etc., and but really we need this, that, and the other." Must you always be miserable sods on here?
I don't rate RM but jeez, he seems to have done okay with Funes Mori and Lukaku, and Deulofeu, and now this player. Everton don't need 2 or 4 million pound signings for the first team unless they are U-18-21s signed for future use. Everton need players who can make a difference and they cost. Crystal Palace, Stoke, West Ham, Watford, Bournemouth, and Leicester have realized this and most have shattered their old transfer fee records to sign better talent. At least in this I can say Everton ownership is trying to move forward a little.
Now Everton need to push up the table, avoid any sniff of relegation, and move on with or without RM. But this is a good signing people so give him credit for where it is due and BE HAPPY!
57 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:48:55
58 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:49:19
59 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:50:31
60 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:51:19
61 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:52:57
62 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:54:22
63 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:56:03
64 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:56:56
65 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:58:33
66 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:58:46
Bad news for Kev, though, but he's only got himself to blame. He had runs in the team under Moyes and Martinez and hasn't never worked his socks off for the team like Naisey or even Kone did.
67 Posted 01/02/2016 at 22:59:11
68 Posted 01/02/2016 at 23:04:44
You are all going on about a defender, OK...Baines, normally 1st choice England left back; Mori, Argentina-capped and will get better; Jags,.England; Coleman, ROI 1st choice; Stones, will be a legendary player.
So look at that and say – and I agree with some – we need a defensive coach not more defenders. And not to say the defense is not good enough, one thing I will say about RM, he is the one that has brought some quality additions to this club.
I honestly think we are not that far away from being top 4 side, seriously, some people on here will never be happy.
69 Posted 01/02/2016 at 23:06:56
From the rest of us, welcome Niasse. I believe this will be a good bit of business. Irrespective of what else we needed, when Naismith left, there was a massive gap where a second striker who was not Kone needed to be.
Fast, energetic and play down the middle or on the left flank. Looking forward to seeing the lad play.
70 Posted 01/02/2016 at 23:07:21
71 Posted 01/02/2016 at 23:07:54
72 Posted 01/02/2016 at 23:15:25
I am happy about this signing for two reasons: Because he looks like a good player going by the video clips.
It might also mean we are going to have 4-4-2 as our preferred starting formation.
73 Posted 01/02/2016 at 23:15:40
74 Posted 01/02/2016 at 23:17:11
75 Posted 01/02/2016 at 23:29:49
76 Posted 01/02/2016 at 23:36:17
77 Posted 01/02/2016 at 23:42:25
Decent level of English too so should fit in quickly.
78 Posted 01/02/2016 at 23:43:35
I just want to tell you about his advantages and disadvantages. Oumar is very diligent, this is the first thing to know about him. For example, you can watch his goal for Loko vs Krasnodar. He is very fast, with good heading ability and good long shots.
But, the main problem is that he didn't study in football school, he began to play professionally when he was 18. So, he isn't good at dribbling. I can describe his game like "hit the ball strait and run".
He depends on game form, he needs to play a lot. And I have to say that last year he was one of the worst players in our team. And nobody believed in him before the season started.
79 Posted 01/02/2016 at 23:53:34
He is not that thick not to realize that defending is a vital part of the game but has anybody ever thought that his style of play is shit or bust which if all goes well will break that top four glass ceiling which a safer way of playing never would with the players at our disposal.
It is a risky strategy but we won't go down and if it all clicks then you could win the league so can everyone give the man time and have some patients.
80 Posted 01/02/2016 at 23:55:17
81 Posted 01/02/2016 at 23:58:46
Oh we have come a long way, thinking about it!
82 Posted 01/02/2016 at 00:02:43
The monopolies commission or someone should put a stop to it, it should not be allowed to play with tens of thousands of peoples lives like that.
83 Posted 01/02/2016 at 00:05:18
Anyway, I wish him all the best and welcome to the madhouse.
84 Posted 02/02/2016 at 00:07:10
I think Martinez is building a great squad, bloody shame we're so shit a defending.
85 Posted 02/02/2016 at 00:07:30
£13.5M is not cheap so will see how long he takes to adapt.
Still, our main issue is goals conceded so will see how we do going forward.
86 Posted 02/02/2016 at 00:07:30
87 Posted 02/02/2016 at 00:08:47
I wish this young man the best of luck with his EFC career. just what we needed options up top.
88 Posted 02/02/2016 at 00:11:00
89 Posted 02/02/2016 at 00:21:33
90 Posted 01/02/2016 at 00:21:34
The price will be judged with hindsight.
In terms of the defence... has anyone noticed that we perform best when Stones does? ie, Chelsea at home...
When Stones doesn't play well, we always have a defensive 'mare!
91 Posted 02/02/2016 at 00:24:53
Matty Foulds Early in January
Shani Tarashaj Swis player loaned back to Grasshopper Zurich.
92 Posted 02/02/2016 at 00:29:28
By the way I am happy that we have signed this lad and wish him well. Ithink he will be good.
93 Posted 02/02/2016 at 00:32:55
Jagielka / Funes Mori
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps!
94 Posted 02/02/2016 at 00:33:11
95 Posted 02/02/2016 at 00:33:24
96 Posted 02/02/2016 at 00:43:50
Good signing to relieve Lukaku's burden.
98 Posted 02/02/2016 at 01:08:14
Why has no-one ever thought of this before? It's genius. We could even have a flapping rag-doll in goal, it wouldn't matter.... Oh, Tim's back, isn't he?
99 Posted 02/02/2016 at 01:13:29
It could be a total waste but I feel much better already.
Wonder if he's any good.
100 Posted 02/02/2016 at 01:18:14
Good to see Carlisle's Dicker got a move after his FA Cup disappointment.
Goodwillie on the move too.
101 Posted 02/02/2016 at 01:23:15
Look forward to when he makes his debut. Naismith has paid for more than half of his fee so that is another reason to wish Steven all the best with his career at Norwich.
I think we need more than this signing to improve the squad but it is a start and the transfer window wasn't great but it is better than some of us thought it would be; let's be grateful for small mercies.
102 Posted 02/02/2016 at 01:28:47
103 Posted 02/02/2016 at 02:18:58
104 Posted 02/02/2016 at 02:42:30
105 Posted 02/02/2016 at 02:44:23
Look at the Swansea game. Lukaku was taken hard and came nowhere... only Deulofeu was doing good but nothing happened with his excellent crossballs.
Yes, we need another goalie. But seriously, Joel Robles, is good enough for Everton to do good if he gets the chance to play.
Most problems in the defence and midfield are not due to that we do not have quality players. The problems are due to bad strategy and bad/no coaching.
106 Posted 02/02/2016 at 02:49:15
BTW, now that Howard is staying, can we rename one goal area "Howard's End" and the other a "Stones free zone"? Sorry, but I couldn't resist.
I also apologize for using "you all" as it is an overgeneralization used over here often. You would not believe the pressure over here on poor Americans when we attempt to converse, even via the internet, with you English and your fancy pants proper language.
107 Posted 02/02/2016 at 03:08:40
Give Martinez, a chance you say. You also say he is not thick, that he knows we have a defensive problem.
He as had nearly three seasons, I'd say that's more than generous or patient, as you ask.
defensive, were absolutely pathetic. So if he isn't thick and he knows about it, why hasn't he addressed it?
When he makes statements like he isn't interested in keeping clean sheets. Well his defensive frailties speaks for itself wouldn't you say?
You say it could be shit or bust his style of play, and who knows if it clicks, we could win the league.
If there was ever a season for us to do well in the Premier League, it was this season. Teams that usually don't give the likes of Everton and our like a luck in. Well they simply haven't been at their best. Hence Leicester at the top. And granted they deserve it. But Chelsea below us come on. Man Utd, in turnmoil. Man City, not unbeatable.
But next season, Man City will have the best manager possible. Man Utd, may have the special one. And Chelsea maybe Man City coach. So they will have all regrouped and spent big. So the likes of this season is not repeated.
And you say give Martinez more time.
Our time was this season, with the best squad in years. But now it's nearly over. So let's hope the same applies to RM.
108 Posted 02/02/2016 at 03:27:11
If we sign a defender who right away replaces Jagielka or Funes Mori or Baines or Coleman (the first choice 4 presently) and pushes him onto the bench... will that be good business??
Our defensive lapses are due to the way we are defending and that's a training issue and not a personnel issue.
On the other hand, we do not have any one to replace Lukaku. Kone, Mirallas, Barkley and even Naismith can play as a second striker but is not capable of leading the line against Premier League oppositions! Imagine, if Lukaku was out for periods like Jagielka, Baines, Coleman have... I would not dare to even.
Rom has played almost every minute of the premier league this season, hence we never felt it this way. Last few games, he was carrying a knock and his goals have dried up. We need to experience moments when Lukaku can come off, so far we haven't created any such moment just because we did not have that familiar face on the bench.
Good or bad, time will tell but a technically required signing IMO. COYB!
109 Posted 02/02/2016 at 03:32:58
110 Posted 02/02/2016 at 03:33:18
111 Posted 02/02/2016 at 03:41:15
Welcome aboard Niasse. If your're reading TW, the fans that write negative posts are only kidding, it's our scouse humour.
Helen you have a point, however this signing is a investment for the future. Martinez's fate lays at his own feet. Sooner or later he will either triumph or be run out of town.
When you see Bobby change his brown shoes to trainers then you can be at the end of a very long line to kick his sorry arse as he scampers out of town.
112 Posted 02/02/2016 at 03:44:23
I don't think we need a central defender. Stones, Mori and Jags are all class. We just need a defensive plan. Its baffling that we are so leaky when we also have excellent defensive mids to choose from too and RM ALWAYS plays two of them in front of the back four.
The goalkeeper is still a terribly weak spot and I can't help but feel that his weakness in controlling the box puts great strain and positional chaos on all the players in front of him. A solid keeper who can defend crosses and command the penalty area would alleviate the panic in front of him. I really like Fabianski.
113 Posted 02/02/2016 at 04:16:58
114 Posted 02/02/2016 at 04:37:14
Apparently not. Stoke bought someone yesterday for £18.5M.
117 Posted 02/02/2016 at 05:34:12
118 Posted 02/02/2016 at 06:32:25
119 Posted 02/02/2016 at 06:33:58
What's not to like?
120 Posted 02/02/2016 at 06:37:30
For sure we will not keep a clean sheet if Howard plays tomorrow. Looks like Newcastle will be up for this. Tough game.
121 Posted 02/02/2016 at 06:40:22
122 Posted 02/02/2016 at 06:46:49
Come on, Roberto, I'm feeling more positive now than at the start of the transfer window. Attack strengthened further (AND Niasse signed, as well as McGeady going out!). So, don't let us down. Sort that defence; it will only take a few tactical tweaks. Looking forward to going to Stoke Saturday and seeing Niasse.
123 Posted 02/02/2016 at 07:10:14
As for our ball-watching, disorganised defence. ..and yes, they were all ball-watching and not marking their man when Sterling crossed from behind the line. Something definitely needs to be done, especially as our weaknesses have been highlighted time and time again on television. Even the new Swansea manager planned to press high against Stones and co and it worked. Let's hope Jags, Baines and Barry can get us playing with common sense.
124 Posted 02/02/2016 at 07:12:52
I'm hoping this guy is a Bolassie type player who gives us genuine threat from the left.
With Deulofeu, Barkley and Niasse behind Lukaku, we have genuine pace all throughout the attack. We really should be set up to play counter attacking football. There is no point in having speedsters in your team if you play possession football. It's too slow.
The defence needs to defend and clear their lines. When the opposition have possession we need to be solid, clear the danger and counter with speed. It's worked very well for Leicester.
We have very good defenders who are made to do things which make them nervous and the whole back 5 become jittery. Take away the pressure of them having to pass the ball about in dangerous positions, and allow them to concentrate on what they do best.
125 Posted 02/02/2016 at 07:14:41
If only we could see him up front with Lukaku, Mirallas and Deulofeu on the wings, Barkley behind and Barry or Besic anchoring midfield. Oh and Robles in goal as well!
I can dream.
126 Posted 02/02/2016 at 07:53:00
A top 6 finish is still a possibility by all means, and an FA Cup run is key. That said, relegation is currently closer than Europe.
Every team except the top 4 have been very inconsistent this season, and there lies our chance. Leicester breaking towards the end of the season is not something that would surprise anyone, although they still seem solid.
That would of course demand that we actually start winning games, which by the looks of it could be the real problem. With our current attacking line-up, scoring goals doesn't seem like a problem. The miraculous feat of actually beginning to defend as well would do all the difference in the world.
We have the players to make a run (bar a top goalkeeper), if they can believe it themselves, and if our manager could just be a little pragmatic for once.
127 Posted 02/02/2016 at 07:54:29
128 Posted 02/02/2016 at 08:08:07
129 Posted 02/02/2016 at 08:13:00
130 Posted 02/02/2016 at 08:25:49
131 Posted 02/02/2016 at 08:38:10
That's the most two-sided post I think I've ever read on here.
You have covered every angle so whatever happens this season you can say "I said that".
Definitely you could be a scriptwriter for Martinez, say everything and nothing!
132 Posted 02/02/2016 at 08:38:24
133 Posted 02/02/2016 at 09:03:39
Evan Davis on BBC Newsnight also slipped up and referred to Hilary Benn as "Hilary Big Benn".
134 Posted 02/02/2016 at 09:05:46
Really looking forward to seeing this guy in action, let's hope he can quickly get used the frenetic pace of the Premier League, we may have got ourselves a bargain if he can adjust.
135 Posted 02/02/2016 at 09:06:42
There may be a deeper, more-Freudian reason there with Evan Davis.
136 Posted 02/02/2016 at 09:07:48
138 Posted 02/02/2016 at 09:13:52
139 Posted 02/02/2016 at 09:19:26
140 Posted 02/02/2016 at 09:20:19
Bn doesn't mean billions! We paid in beans. They turned the offer down initially (something about chucking in a cow) but they eventually caved after listening to Martinez wax lyrical about how 'magic' those beans were.
141 Posted 02/02/2016 at 09:35:51
I can only go by YouTube but I'm impressed by this lads movement. Watch how he changes direction and looks for space every time an attack is on. In Ross and Gerry we have the talent to find him. I think him buzzing round Rom could be great.
142 Posted 02/02/2016 at 10:04:30
A great signing in my book but I can't help thinking he is a long term replacement for Lukaku. Is it wrong to think that way?
143 Posted 02/02/2016 at 10:09:47
For those dogging Kone, our goal tally says he is/was an important cog in the team; he's no passenger, but obviously father time is not on his side.
What gets my goat above all else, is the way the media treat us, especially the BBC. We are always an afterthought, of no account it seems; those 20 years without a trophy are responsible, I suppose.
We have to find a filthy rich owner that is a risk taker and will really flash serious money in the transfer market and on silly wages it's the only realistic way to crack that top 4.
They can stick the Europa League where the sun doesn't shine, for me; it cocks up Premier League performances. A cup, maybe... if we get lucky with the draw and within games, plus if officials improve their eyesight!
144 Posted 02/02/2016 at 10:15:32
Of course, new owners may have new ideas but all has gone quiet on that front so 2016-17 may see business as usual but, at last, Bill's Board are backing their manager with hard cash.
The trouble is that ALL clubs will be awash with funds even little Bournemouth so the 'running to keep still' mode may well continue. But, at least, Bobby will have every opportunity to prove us doubters wrong about his philosophy!
145 Posted 02/02/2016 at 11:11:31
146 Posted 02/02/2016 at 11:38:34
147 Posted 02/02/2016 at 11:38:42
It is the least we should be doing of course, but at least the potential of spending £10-20mil on a player means that we can compete. Let's buy a goal keeper in the summer, a back up right back, a creative player and a another wide player too, in the act of replacing those inevitability leaving the squad. It is horrible to look at just how good this team can be though, and then to look back at the league table. We should be right up there this season (in a fight for a Champions League place). But then we all know that.
Hopefully an exciting signing will help us kick on. We should be targeting the FA Cup and a top 8 finish. If we do not get those targets, then Martinez must be shown the door. I'm all for patience, but there has been too much of that already.
148 Posted 02/02/2016 at 11:38:49
149 Posted 02/02/2016 at 11:39:18
150 Posted 02/02/2016 at 11:41:20
151 Posted 02/02/2016 at 12:02:40
152 Posted 02/02/2016 at 12:36:29
Now top priority is a top class goalkeeper.
Oh, and a new manager of course.
153 Posted 02/02/2016 at 12:42:14
154 Posted 02/02/2016 at 12:46:47
There are always more than one side to things. I do not see a reason to be adamant either way just yet. And unlike some I am not in the habit of rubbing my predictions on others. To be a bit Benitez-y...
1: The season is not over yet.
2: We have a pretty talented Group of players.
3: If we fail to make an impact this season, our most prized assets will want away in the summer.
We can still avoid No 3. How he is going to do that is something of a mystery though.
To provide some more insight into what I really think. I think everything will fall to pieces due to the fact that our manager just is not up for the task. Hope I am wrong.
155 Posted 02/02/2016 at 13:04:52
Niasse will give everything in every game and is very keen to learn but his footwork is poor however he is very fast. At present he will never score a hat trick similar to Naismith's against Chelsea.
I think he could improve dramatically with our 'football school' but that will take time. We may not see the best of this lad for at least 18 months.
In the meantime how does he fit in? Martinez's 'keep possession football' requires intricate footwork and good passing something Kone has not shown and Niasse may not be able to do due to the pace of the game. Stuck on the left wing he would require good crossing ability and Yuriy does not mention any such skill. In the centre along with Rom is the only position for him and hopefully his shooting skill improves.
156 Posted 02/02/2016 at 13:13:58
Kone holds the ball up well, so I'm not sure his footwork is that bad but he doesn't offer enough pace or movement hopefully this bloke will deliver.
157 Posted 02/02/2016 at 13:18:18
Then maybe the negative people on here may change their minds about signing you.
Go for it lad!
159 Posted 02/02/2016 at 13:40:50
Regarding Citeh, it's a fucking joke. In time, the Prem is going the same way as was the Scottish prem and La Liga.
It's gone from a sport to show business. If I was a Man City fan, I would go to four or five games a season, Would not be bothered going to a home game against Swansea. Joke!
160 Posted 02/02/2016 at 13:51:52
Clubs from the richest league in the world will be richer still next season so there should be no excuses about failing to deliver on all fronts.
161 Posted 02/02/2016 at 13:53:35
162 Posted 02/02/2016 at 14:03:14
Someone who I thought would've been perfect as a left sided attacker/striker only cost Arsenal £15 million Danny Welbeck!
I hope the lad turn's out to be great for us but can't help feel he was well down the list and a bit of a panic buy to appease the fan's after losing Naismith!
163 Posted 02/02/2016 at 14:13:13
164 Posted 02/02/2016 at 14:15:56
And even if he is a panic buy, which seems unlikely, why would it to be to appease the fans? I didn't exactly see a revolt regarding Naismith's sale, and Naismith was back-up anyway, so it isn't like he's gonna weaken the team.
165 Posted 02/02/2016 at 14:16:00
Let's just say that this chap has played as many matches since August as Welbeck has for Arsenal since the previous August and scored three times as many goals.
I see Tim Howard has picked up a knock in training. Any rumour in the truth that Niasse has started to pay back his fee already???
A good signing for the Blues.
166 Posted 02/02/2016 at 14:22:10
For the money expended, I'll be looking for him to hit the ground running and be a standout performer by next season.
167 Posted 02/02/2016 at 14:23:18
Great signing but I've this terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach that Funes Mori was purchased to replace Stones who's gone this summer and...
I think this kid Niasse was purchased as replacement for Lukaku, who's also off this summer.
168 Posted 02/02/2016 at 14:36:24
Also why so much negativity over this guy signing? Truly ridiculous. Get behind the team and give the guy a chance.
169 Posted 02/02/2016 at 14:40:56
170 Posted 02/02/2016 at 14:41:01
Apart from the "baaaah".....
......finally we agree!!!!
171 Posted 02/02/2016 at 14:42:07
Hope this fella is up and running by Saturday and gives Mark Hughes a real headache.
172 Posted 02/02/2016 at 15:02:21
Miracles do happen.
173 Posted 02/02/2016 at 15:06:54
174 Posted 02/02/2016 at 15:06:57
Deep down, I hope we keep all our players and build from here, but this is not a time for sentiment, it is a time to win. I don't care who is in our team, as long as they beat the rest.
175 Posted 02/02/2016 at 15:19:56
Possibly they viewed the tape showing his ability to score goals and, as I noticed, saw that most of them were against really amateurish defending and all with his right peg; however, if he can cope with 'park the bus' defending and penalty area wrestling matches now endemic in the PL he could become a real coup, hope springs eternal.
177 Posted 02/02/2016 at 15:38:45
I for one see this as a positive. Onwards and upwards. :)
178 Posted 02/02/2016 at 15:54:49
Some say it's a great signing, some say a waste of money. How can anyone really say either way right now?
Probably the only one one who can speak with any degree of authority is our Tovarisch Yuriy from Moscow above. But no-one knows how a player will truly cut it in the Premier League.
For me, I will reserve judgement until I actually see him play in the flesh, and at least six games in when he is clearly match fit (which could be a long time given our coaching staff).
179 Posted 02/02/2016 at 16:13:49
According to many pundits Jamie Vardy has his limitations but they don't seem to holding him back.
180 Posted 02/02/2016 at 16:19:18
181 Posted 02/02/2016 at 16:19:44
182 Posted 02/02/2016 at 16:26:13
Pure Roberto cliché that one.
183 Posted 02/02/2016 at 16:28:38
My point was why is he going abroad and paying £13.5 million for unknown quantities from a poor league in January?
Surely there is top talent available in Europe? A player in the mould of Perisic at Wolfsburg!
So far Martinez has done pretty well in the transfer market so I'll save my judgement until I've watched him first hand and he's had a good run out, I'm just sceptical as I've lost faith in the manager!
184 Posted 02/02/2016 at 16:31:37
185 Posted 02/02/2016 at 16:33:42
I'd rather see this guy in that Roberto has faith in and see what he can do opposed to Welbeck.
Never been a Welbeck fan. Not quantifiable, but he just doesn't have that "something", that "spark" in his game. Can't see Welbeck ever getting me off my seat read barstool in 'Merica.
186 Posted 02/02/2016 at 17:06:27
From the little I've seen and read of this guy, he will fill the Naismith void, but provide the pace and power that Naismith unfortunately lacked, to play that role effectively in our team.
Perhaps also, this represents thinking outside the box from Martinez. He has received a lot of deserved flack this year for poor selections and shoddy tactics but if he is trying something different with this signing, then he should be applauded. Plus, it worked last year with the signing of Lennon his work rate shamed the others into trying harder (by the players' own admission).
187 Posted 02/02/2016 at 17:23:55
188 Posted 02/02/2016 at 17:29:56
Plus he's mediocre and is no better than Naismith.
189 Posted 02/02/2016 at 17:30:17
Doesn't even include food and drink!
190 Posted 02/02/2016 at 17:36:27
191 Posted 02/02/2016 at 17:36:45
192 Posted 02/02/2016 at 17:47:00
193 Posted 02/02/2016 at 17:54:21
Let's try to be fair to the lad when he comes on for those 20 minute cameos normally reserved for Mirallas although it seems likely that Kone will still be asked to play a part.
One or two posters have suggested it will be Stones who is stood down tomorrow. That just won't happen as he will be asked to play himself back into form. Or, in other words, learn from his mistakes.
198 Posted 02/02/2016 at 18:35:18
199 Posted 02/02/2016 at 18:44:45
200 Posted 02/02/2016 at 20:13:06
201 Posted 02/02/2016 at 20:13:46
Would you include him with so little acclimatisation, then ?
202 Posted 02/02/2016 at 20:35:02
I guess when we sign someone and these resources seem favourable it's no guarantee of success so I should probably treat them with the same credibility.
But the price seems a lot doesn't it?
203 Posted 02/02/2016 at 21:14:50
204 Posted 02/02/2016 at 21:32:19
205 Posted 02/02/2016 at 22:58:20
Robles (new keeper)
Funes Mori (Galloway)
I would then like to see us sign Rooney (think he has the drive and passion we are missing) and Ever Banega (out of contract in summer, also an Argie like Funes Mori) and a goalie.
I would then get rid of some of the players who are to old or never going to make it to the first team these are, Junior, McAleny, Kone, Pienaar, Osman, McGeady, Gibson, Mattioni, Hibbert, Howard.
That would still leave Oviedo, Lennon, Pennington, Cleverley, Henen, Rodriguez, Holgate.
206 Posted 02/02/2016 at 00:10:24
I think that's some team, mate. I'm unsure whether we'll have Stones and Rom next season though. I'll miss Rom and he'll be hard to replace. As for John Stones I think we have to sell a CB for any bid between £45-50m and for that money I won't lose any sleep about him departing. I will wish him the best of luck. He'll be a future England Captain I'm sure.
207 Posted 03/02/2016 at 06:50:13
RM: I think we need a striker.
Board: Genius, any ideas who?
RM: Well I know these agents in Russia who have headed negotiations for us in the past and we've got some good players from them. They have suggested Baye Oumar Niasse.
Board: The same ones that got us Aiden McGeady? Hope he gets his match fitness up at Sheffield, then he can really show us what he can do.
RM: The very guys! They've got this Senegalese guy, scored a few goals and got a few caps for his country.
Board: Sounds great, how much do you need?
RM: £13.5 million
Board: Great, we'll borrow on next season's TV rights........
Maybe not exactly what happened, but you have to wonder what on earth is going on?
208 Posted 03/02/2016 at 09:45:26
It's not some team though as I've never seen a proper fully functioning team from Martinez. He sends out 11 individuals with the instruction to "express themselves in the moment" or some other bollocks. Then everyone else is looking at Everton to take responsibility when the other team has the ball, i.e. about half the time.
210 Posted 03/02/2016 at 13:59:48
Oh, I forgot to throw Howard in as well. We want the best for Everton you're not at Wigan now!
211 Posted 03/02/2016 at 14:32:10
At the time I thought this would be the time for him to show how ruthless he could be as a manager, but I am afraid he failed the test. He doesn't have the balls to say no and just hopes these players will retire gracefully without him doing what Everton FC pay him to do.
It's what made managers like Fergie winners no time for sentiment.
212 Posted 04/02/2016 at 02:23:48
Freeing up Hibo and Ossie's wages would have allowed a top class free to come in on 䀁,000 a week without any changes to the books.
Roberto owes no loyalty to any player who hasn't played many games during his management.
Hibo, Ossie, Gibson, Pienaar and possibly Oviedo could all have been shown the door, although Oviedo looks like he was worth keeping despite the vast array of left back talent we own.
My rough calculations point to a saving of around £200k a week and a extra game here and there for Lennon, Mirallas, Besic and a few youngsters or loanees.
Roberto had his chance and did not deliver, instead he made Distin and to some degree Mirallas his scape goats .
213 Posted 05/02/2016 at 08:16:31
214 Posted 05/02/2016 at 08:33:50
That would make him worth about....oh, I don't know....£9m in my book. Looks like we've been done.
215 Posted 05/02/2016 at 13:51:06
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