When Oumar Niasse arrived at Goodison Park in early 2016, then Everton manager Roberto Martinez waxed lyrical about his latest recruit.
He said: “We’re delighted as Oumar is a player we’ve been following for a long time. He brings a real hunger and desire to be successful into what is already a strong squad.”
The Senegalese ace cost the Toffees £13.5m in bringing him in from Lokomotiv Moscow, and he put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year deal with the club.
But sadly for both Niasse and Everton, that move has just turned into an unmitigated disaster.
He has played just 42 times for the first-team at Goodison Park, scoring only nine goals and providing a further four assists – it means he has cost the club £1.5m per goal. It spoke volumes that in the very next campaign after joining Everton, Niasse was allowed to go out on loan to fellow Premier League side Hull.
The striker’s best season to date came in 2017/2018, when he notched eight times in 22 games in the top-flight, but that wasn’t considered enough for him to be given much of a chance the following year.
In the end, he headed out on loan again, this time to Cardiff, where his miseries continued by failing to find the back of the net even once in his 13 games for the Bluebirds.
His contract on Merseyside comes to an end this summer, and it’s difficult to see how the club can genuinely justify handing him a new long-term deal. The forgotten man continues to drain money at Goodison Park, but if Everton do things right, then that will come to an end very soon.