Niasse could debut against West Brom

10/02/2016  62 Comments  [Jump to last]
New signing Oumar Niasse is in line to be make his first appearance for Everton on Saturday with the benefit of a full week's training behind him.

The Senegal striker, a Ł13.5m capture from Lokomotiv Moscow on transfer deadline day, would have been eligible to face Stoke City last weekend after his visa was granted in time and he was itching to be involved but Roberto Martinez didn't feel he was quite ready in terms of fitness.

Niasse has been out of competitive action for the past eight weeks due to the end of the Russian League season but he could feature in front of his new fans against West Bromwich Albion.

Martinez told evertontv that the 25-year-old's debut could come this weekend, particularly as he is so willing:

"He had one full session with the team before the Stoke game but I thought it was probably a bit too early.

“This week has been completely different, he has had a really good working period and all he needs is some good solid work before he can compete in the team.

“The Premier League is a competition that you have to be ready in order to have an impact.

“It is important he gets the time and the understanding he needs but, at the same time, I have seen he is desperate to be involved.”  


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Christopher Dover
1 Posted 10/02/2016 at 16:32:50
If fit start him and give Lukaku a rest as he has not looked fit the last few games. If Lukaku on bench could come on for last 20 minutes if needed.

Looking forward to see Niasse play.

Paul Kossoff
2 Posted 10/02/2016 at 16:33:59
Will Roberto change our style? I would love Niasse and Rom as a central front two, ball over the top to fool Broms slow back line.
Having said that, a one nil win will do.
Eugene Ruane
3 Posted 10/02/2016 at 16:37:24
I'd deffo give him the last half hour, let him get a feel for it. Not sure I'd start him but looking forward to seeing what he can do.
Russell Smith
4 Posted 10/02/2016 at 16:37:40
More important is that Robles, Oviedo and Lennon continue to be picked. If still 0-0 at 70minutes because Pulis has parked the bus bring on both Niasse and Delboy as their combined speed would add a different dimension.
Phil Roberts
5 Posted 10/02/2016 at 16:45:46
I'm more worried about the news that Stones is fit and could be selected.

I can see a 1-0 here. Pulis parking the bus and Berahino nicking one.

I'm an Evertonian - I expect disappointment

Winston Williamson
6 Posted 10/02/2016 at 16:54:05
I agree with the suggested half hour run out against WBA. I think we'll have to box-clever against them as they'll definately be coming to GP to keep a clean sheet. Last two years have been 0-0 at GP.

Brian Williams
7 Posted 10/02/2016 at 16:56:20
Everton will win convincingly. For Gods sake do some people EVER think positively???.
Graham Mockford
8 Posted 10/02/2016 at 17:01:17
Oh the allure of a new player, like a Xmas present you can't wait to play with.

But Christopher #1 not playing Lukaku unless he is not fit is just crazy. 20 goals in 31 games means he plays.

The new lad needs a run out and let's see how he goes.

Michael Williams
9 Posted 10/02/2016 at 17:20:01
Niasse has not played since December 6th. He's going to need time to get fit and then adjust to the league. The Prem is a big step up. I agree with those who say give him a run out late, especially if we are ahead.
Darryl Ritchie
10 Posted 10/02/2016 at 17:22:34
With a half hour to go, put Niasse in on one wing and Geri on the other; turn'em loose and tell Rom to get in the box and stay there. It could be fun!
Paul Ellam
11 Posted 10/02/2016 at 17:23:48
Definitely give him game time, but as substitute not a starter.
Regarding other players - keep a winning team.
The likes of Howard, Stones, Baines etc will just have to prove in training that they should get the nod.
It should be a reward for hard work to get in the team, not a given as it has been with some players in the past.
I want my Everton team to be full of players who have earned the right to play.
Ged Simpson
12 Posted 10/02/2016 at 17:27:10
My dream..RS brag on winning Carling Cup. And then we win FA Cup and finish above them in top 5. I had a dream.....!
Brendan Fox
13 Posted 10/02/2016 at 17:56:53
Likelihood Niasse gets picked ahead on traffic Kone in the squad or to come on as a sub...
Tony Cheek
14 Posted 10/02/2016 at 17:58:57
Almost a given that new signings come in from the bench in the second half. Cant wait....good luck to the lad!
Chris Williamson
15 Posted 10/02/2016 at 18:01:19
8 weeks off and into a game after a week's training. My spider sense is sniffing a hammy problem within a fortnight!

Hope not, for the lad.

Tom Bowers
16 Posted 10/02/2016 at 18:40:28
Certainly a cause for more optimism after blanking 3 opponents even if they were including the Barcodes and Carlisle.
There appears to have been some big individual improvements recently and hopefully that will continue.
Stones should continue on the bench and the new lad should start off the bench also rather than leave anyone out just yet after that great showing at Stoke.
Peter McHugh
17 Posted 10/02/2016 at 18:45:39
I hope he plays up front as my understanding is that he's a striker not a winger as some have suggested.
John Francis
18 Posted 10/02/2016 at 18:59:22
Chris@15 My thoughts exactly. Last 15 if we are winning by 2, if not keep him in his box.
Better safe than sorry.
Thomas Surgenor
20 Posted 10/02/2016 at 19:23:54
I just hope he makes more of an impact than the last left winger we bought from locomotive Moscow lol

As much as I loved billy, he never really justified his price tag

Michael Penn
21 Posted 10/02/2016 at 19:30:51
He's been out of competitive action for eight weeks. As much as I'd love to see him come on as a sub, I suspect it will be another week or so before we see him play. Same team as last week please, but with Mirallas as Lukaku's replacement late on.
Les Martin
22 Posted 10/02/2016 at 19:37:38
I expect him to come on for the last 20 minutes as an introduction. Also he will have a lot of energy to use in this period against tiring West Brom legs. I think this would be best solution.

Let's not all get to wound up and expect too much too soon; it could take him several weeks to see out a full game playing at the way we hope.

Kunal Desai
23 Posted 10/02/2016 at 19:45:35
Dont change a winning line up. Get the points wrapped up and maybe give him a10-15 minute run out.
Ernie Baywood
24 Posted 10/02/2016 at 19:52:48
Hasn't played competitively in 8 weeks. Leave it until next week and it will be 9!

I'm assuming he hasn't spent the last two months on the piss. Give him half an hour.

Colin Glassar
25 Posted 10/02/2016 at 20:03:39
5-10mins (if we're winning) will do him good, any longer could end up badly - remember Traore.
Paul Thompson
26 Posted 10/02/2016 at 20:26:13
My (dead) granny could be given a run out against West Brom. Terrible side in terrible form, currently being given the run around by Peterborough. Would be good to see Niasse being given some playing time.
Mark Rankin
27 Posted 10/02/2016 at 20:37:07
Side issue but just read about the obscene wealth of some of these football owners. These parasites should not be allowed within an inch of any football club. Bill, do the right thing don't flog the blues for a massive profit to some profiteer, transition the club to fan ownership.
Harold Matthews
28 Posted 10/02/2016 at 20:44:37
Can't be fully fit and not the kind of match to suit his style but seems eager to get out there.

It's all a bit of a puzzle. You don't splash £13.5mil on a back-up or bench warmer. This lad is here to play. We've watched him since September and Martinez and the chief scout like his ability, his experience, his character and his North West ties. We've known all along that Lukaku is off in the summer and have jumped in early. Something you have to do with players who put the ball in the net. Okay, he might have to play out of position while the big fella is still here but will understand the situation.

We'll have run the rule over many players and Oumar Niasse was the one who ticked all the right boxes. The Premier League is a high pressure battle zone these days and pure talent is not always enough. When fully match-fit this lad will be a real all action team fighter and we wish him well.

David Pearl
29 Posted 10/02/2016 at 21:08:18
Unless you are the RS Harold who recently spent 㿌M on a benchwarmer. Lukaku is not off in the summer. Barkley isn't either. Stones is!! We are not going to sell more than one of our young stars in one transfer window, especially with the sky monies and perhaps new investment coming in.

Watching this West Brom team on TV at the moment I think I will predict a 4-0 win this Saturday. Same team will start.

Christopher Dover
30 Posted 10/02/2016 at 21:21:21
I said if fit play him, if Lukaku not fit don't play him.
If Lakaku is not fit then by playing him you could end up with him injured and out for a while, or play your favourite Kone and keep Niasse for last 30 minutes.

Thing is we do not know how fit Lukaku and Niasse are, but bet Kone is fit!

Harold Matthews
31 Posted 10/02/2016 at 22:22:39
David. We are not that mob across the park. We have to watch every penny.

Martinez stated that every now and again we would keep all our best players and go for everything. This was supposed to be one of those seasons but it hasn't quite worked out.

He also said that if we sell two of our best players and use the money to bring in four new faces, it will make us stronger. I believe it will.

Of course, if the Americans take over we don't know what will happen but Martinez is sure to convince them that everything is under control.

Phil Walling
32 Posted 10/02/2016 at 22:46:06
David @ 27, all this admiration on here for the amount of dough the 'other lot' spend is ringing a bit hollow these days ! They are having a crap season and it's getting worse. Also, Leicester's success and Chelsea's failure is showing that how much/little clubs spend is having much less of an effect on results than previously.
Chris Gould
33 Posted 10/02/2016 at 22:47:26
Harold, if we sold Lukaku and Stones for a combined sum of 100 million. I too believe we would end up stronger, but only if Martinez was allowed to spend it all. It would allow us to get a top class keeper, back up cb and rb, a striker, and a left winger. I don't believe we would miss Stones as I don't believe his heart is in it. Lukaku would be tough to replace, but maybe Niasse has it in him to be the man. Let's not forget the young Swiss lad who will be with us next season.
Ernie Baywood
34 Posted 10/02/2016 at 22:59:55
It might make us stronger but, as I think Harold stated, at some point you have to gamble on keeping a team together and challenging. Unlike Harold I don't think this was ever that season. Stones and Barkley needed a season under their belts.

At the risk of sounding like our red friends, next season looks very positive if we can keep hold of our young players.

Rob Hooton
35 Posted 10/02/2016 at 23:14:43
I certainly hope this squad stays together too Ernie,they have a chance of achieving something if it all comes together
Jack Cross
38 Posted 11/02/2016 at 01:24:36
Phill Walling 30.

That really shows you how good we are, doesnt it? When so many top, supposely teams are playing shite we always seem to fall in line, with them.

As for this Niasse, 13and half mil and were talking of giving him 10 minutes. For fucks sake. Get him on at start. And lets see what he can do. Fitness levels what a joke.

it just makes my blood boil.

James Flynn
42 Posted 11/02/2016 at 02:34:35
Stones going is no problem for me. He's already put in a transfer request, anyway. It's WHEN with him and no other option. But not Lukaku.

His agent bleated away last season. Heard much from him lately? No, right? The only reason could be is that Lukaku told him so. Can't be another. If Luka wanted out, old blabbermouth would have been going on so much, Roberto himself would have thought, "Gee, this guy never shuts up."

We lucked into Luka, thanks to Mourinho, plain and simple. If his loan-spell with us didn't convince Jose to keep him, well, hahahaha. Imagine that fantastic Aquero and Lukaku. Yikes! You really ARE special Jose.

Whoever the owners are, come the Summer, Lukaku we have to keep. Barkley too. Stones? Meh.

Harold Matthews
43 Posted 11/02/2016 at 06:09:31
Ernie. Martinez said this was a season where we keep our best players and challenge for everything.

By the way. The Chinese are after Jags.

Brian Porter
44 Posted 11/02/2016 at 06:27:46
Chris @32, I agree with you regarding Stones. I too believe his heart is no longer with us and it's shown in his last few games. I also firmly believe as others do, that you do not change a winning team, therefore Funes Mori and Jagielka should continue in central defence unless or until one of them loses their form or picks up an injury. It will do Stones good to realise he is not indispensable and might just bring his head down to earth again. I do think his improvement this season would have been greater if it hadn't been for Chelsea's attempts to lure him away in the summer. They basically made him believe he's already a superstar and I think he has since become a legend in his own mind, and doesn't think we're good enough for him any longer. You don't pull either one of a well performing defensive pairing out of the team just to accommodate his ever growing ego. I will probably get flack for saying this, but in terms of pure defending I think Funes Mori is possibly the better long term fit for us. Stones may have beautiful ball playing skills but we need steel at the heart of the defence, not beauty.

As for Niasse, I'm all for giving him a good 30 minutes in the second half. I'm sure he won't have been sitting on his backside during the Russian winter break, but his fitness levels won't be quite up to Premier League standards yet so should be gradually introduced to the pace and style of play over here. If Rom isn't fully fit, that's a different matter and I'd then prefer to start with Niasse, and if he tires early, bring Rom on for the last twenty, anything but Kone,whose speed(?) and style would suit West Brom's defenders to a T.

Most importantly, if Martinez replaces Robles with Howard then every word he has said about 'form players' and 'ni favouritism ' will be proved to have been a pack of lies. I don't think our manager realises, even now, what a thin tightrope he's walking regarding fan support. If he sticks to what has been proved to be a potentially successful line up, all well and good, but if he starts being the tinkerman again and it goes pear shaped on him in terms of results, then the atmosphere at GP, only just picking up a bit after recent results, will quickly turn more toxic than anything he thinks he's seen so far.

Chris Gould
45 Posted 11/02/2016 at 07:07:11
James 36, I think we haven't heard from Rom's agent lately because an agreement is already in place. I expect the club asked them to give us one more season to crack the top 4, and if we didn't, he could go. I think we'll start hearing from his agent as the season reaches its final weeks.
I hope I'm wrong as I'd love him to stay.

As for Niasse, I suspect he's ready and raring to go. His energy and speed may just force Rom to lift his game.

Anto Byrne
46 Posted 11/02/2016 at 07:19:25
Stone's is under contract, is 21, and is not for sale. If Martinez can get this team performing and up the table, I don't see players leaving. The football is fantastic to watch; the defensive frailties can be resolved.

We have to press on and start knocking off the likes of Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool and brushing aside the likes of WBA and Bournemouth in this league.

Kevin Elliott
47 Posted 11/02/2016 at 08:41:03
From the comments Lukaku makes in the echo about being more ruthless and winning ugly. It sounds like he will be here next season.
And more importantly, that he wants to be here.
Andrew Ellams
48 Posted 11/02/2016 at 08:57:04
After watching WBA struggle against the young lad out wide on the right last night this could be the perfect game to bring Del back. Saying that though, I'm all for keeping a winning team together.

I really hope Lukaku stays with us because right now I don't think there is a better striker in the world that would come to Everton.

Brian Porter
49 Posted 11/02/2016 at 09:13:31
On the subject of Niasse, I just watched the highlights of Mexico's 2-0 win over Senegal. Boy, could Senegal ha e used him. In one passage of play, their striker beat about three defenders, left himself with only the keeper to beat, who came rushing out and...the striker totally miss-hit a shot that screwed yards wide, not hitting the target or even the keeper. I hope our new guy shows a little more composure in such situations. I'm sure he will of course!
Andy Meighan
50 Posted 11/02/2016 at 09:45:57
And who's he going to start ahead of? We've just won 3 games in a row 3-0, so who would the people who are suggesting he starts drop? 12 into 11 doesn't go in my book.

I couldn't care if we paid £42 mil for him. He can't expect to walk into a winning side. If we we're struggling I'd be all for him starting but, at this moment, we're not, so a place on the bench will have to do for him.

If we're struggling, get him on with 20 minutes to go and see what he's about. That said, I'd be disappointed if we don't beat West Brom on Saturday. They look a poor side and we couldn't be playing them at a better time.

Teddy Bertin
51 Posted 11/02/2016 at 10:49:57
Christopher and Jack, I'm glad you guys aren't the manager. Glad you guys aren't in charge. Have you guys ever played football? Christopher: even with Rom half fit we've just won 3 games 3-0 on the trot. This guy has had no time to develop an understanding with him team mates or even learn how we've been defending as a team for the last 3 games.

Jack: this guy hasn't played competitively in a while, why would he be match fit? Why does fitness make your blood boil? We're not talking about ordinary fitness. This guy is fit. They're all fit. We're talking about getting an already fit body adjusted to taking huge amounts of stress. Not whether he is physically fit and able to run around for 90 mins. They can all do that. Just shows you have no idea about the levels required for professional sport, let alone the speed and the physicality required to come up against players who have adjusted to playing every week in the EPL.

Throw him in from the start against a very physical Tony Pulis team and considering he won't have had any bad knocks or serious physical contact in weeks, we could see him badly hurt and out for 6 months. Wouldn't be the first time it's happened to players trying to get back up to high levels of performance.

Training is not the name as a competing match and keeping fit is not the same as performance level.

Harold Matthews
52 Posted 11/02/2016 at 12:11:20
True Teddy. That's why I said "fully match-fit" # 27. Barry once stated that training can no longer keep his performance levels up to the standard required. Not sure how he managed when he was younger but he now needs as much competitive game time as possible.
David Pearl
53 Posted 11/02/2016 at 12:32:01
Phil (31)
Admiration?! Off who... It was the opposite, I wrote that with an sly smirk.

Its hard to know just what Martinez will do at the best of times but he doesn't seem to like to change a winning team so I cant see him making any changes. Who would change a team that has won the last 3 games by 3-0?

We have to keep this run going as long as we can and see where that takes us. Its unfortunate of course that the best part of the season is over now and a CL place is out of reach. Would Lukaku stay with an FA Cup win or a Europa League place? Now that Deulofeu, Barks and Lukaku seem to be improving and finding there real levels I would hope that they would want to stick around for another season and see what they are capable of achieving.

Next season what do we need? A new keeper, back up right back? Not much anyway... Maybe to keep Besic fit!

Barry Jones
54 Posted 11/02/2016 at 12:35:44
Harold, Yes a Chinese club wants Jags and apparently Inter Milan are interested in having Roberto Martinez replace Mancini as manager.
David Milner
55 Posted 11/02/2016 at 13:16:31
Think Stones & Lukaku will be off in the summer. Both were probably promised a move if they stayed to see this season out. £100 million to spend on players would still leave £15 million off the loans.

Niasse & Tarashaj were obviously signed with next season in mind. Andre Ter Stegen, Marc Bartra & Andriy Yarmolenko would fit in nicely.

David Price
56 Posted 11/02/2016 at 14:41:42
West Brom there for an annihilation. Spirit has gone, same eleven again and it's 5-0..
Alan Thompson
57 Posted 11/02/2016 at 15:08:24
This bloke hasn't played for 8 weeks and last week he wasn't fit enough but this week he is. Obviously I haven't been down to training and as usual Martinez sees more of them in training than we do therefore knows more than we do.
I must have missed something there. Perhaps I was at the World Cup and didn't realize just how fit you can become in a week.
Harold Matthews
58 Posted 11/02/2016 at 15:22:08
Barry, are you having a joke?
Ian Burns
59 Posted 11/02/2016 at 15:39:12
No Harold - Barry is not joking - apart from the report with regards to the Chinese wanting Jags there is a report in the press (Italian I think) that Inter Milan are looking to replace Mancini with our very own Roberto!
Chris Gould
60 Posted 11/02/2016 at 15:42:48
With regards to Rom: a great piece from him in the echo talking about next season. He talks like he expects to be with us. Here's hoping.
Shane Corcoran
61 Posted 11/02/2016 at 15:46:27
Graham #8, I'd definitely start Lukaku but I see your "20 goals in 31 games means he plays" and I raise you no goals from play in eight games.
James Marshall
62 Posted 11/02/2016 at 19:09:50
Harold@52

He's not joking - both stories are being reported online today. Jags to China and El Bob to Inter.

Potentially at least.

To put some context on this, I also read today that Mike Tyson had died of a heart attack.

He hasn't. He's fine.

Declan Campbell
63 Posted 11/02/2016 at 20:36:20
Shane Corcoran, Lukaku did not play in 2 of the last 8 games, the 2 FA Cup games.
Max Murphy
64 Posted 11/02/2016 at 21:36:39
Give him a couple of run outs in the reserves - don't unsettle a winning side.
Paul Bromley
65 Posted 12/02/2016 at 10:09:04
Start with the winning 11 from the last game. There is no justification for changing the line-up against a team like West Brom. Then, part way through the second half, whether we are either winning comfortably or struggling to break through, that is justification enough to bring on Niasse, as well as Deulofeu and maybe Besic (assuming we have no injury problems).
Harold Matthews
66 Posted 12/02/2016 at 18:36:18
Cheers James. Pleased Tyson is okay.
John Hughes
68 Posted 12/02/2016 at 19:02:10
Tyson is in a Fury!
Christopher Dover
69 Posted 14/02/2016 at 09:04:35
Well he fooled us all, we should play him early to play him late but play him!!

Except he was not even on the bench! When will Martinez tell the truth or say nothing?

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