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Everton made a mistake by signing Oumar Niasse

Everton have suffered in recent years with terrible transfer decisions, as Farhad Moshiri has overseen over £500m spent with little to show for it.

However, Sunday’s victory against West Ham United does seem to mark the shift in their strategy that is finally bearing rewarded.

A summer transfer window executed well; the match was overseen by a local hero at Goodison Park: Oumar Baye Niasse.

Signed by Roberto Martinez for £13.5m, which was at the time no small sum of money for the Toffees, the Senegalese striker was drafted in as another option up front.

Since his tenure, he has actually become something of a cult figure at the club, but his stint at Goodison Park saw arguably one of the worst technical players to ever grace the field.

Blessed with an incredible work rate but little footballing IQ, he made a name for himself with his relentless pressing but an inability to link the simplest of play.

His final Premier League season saw him average a SofaScore rating of 6.25, with just 6.3 touches per 90.

Sachin Nakrani seemed to agree with the feeling of fans of the club, that he was “a truly terrible footballer”, even questioning how he got to where he was professionally.

In 42 games for the Merseyside club, he scored just nine goals and has most recently been deemed unwanted by Burton Albion. They currently sit rock bottom of League One while he sits on the sidelines as a free agent.

To think that not too long ago he was getting regular game time for Everton is demoralising, especially considering how for a period he was actually revered.

Under Ronald Koeman, Niasse revealed that the Dutch manager sought to bully him out of the club. Left without a locker, a squad number and forced to eat with the U23s, during an injury crisis the 59-year-old had no one else to turn to.

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Everton's Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal

Firstly, where did Everton finish in the Premier League?

Ever the professional, the 32-year-old scored five goals in seven games during the 2017/18 season before Koeman was eventually sacked. He finished the season on eight league goals.

The forward later came out with an interview claiming the manager saw him as a “target to destroy”, and who “worked so hard to let me [Niasse] go.”

His comeback from this story is what has left him remembered fondly by Evertonians, but at its core, this transfer represents yet another terrible decision by Moshiri.

In hindsight, this seems like it was a sign of things to come, but following the most recent summer, it seems like the tide might finally be changing.

Article title: Everton made a mistake by signing Oumar Niasse

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