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Everton have had mixed success in front of goal this season, and Marco Silva could improve his team’s attacking threat by operating a different plan B option.
Last year the Portuguese mainly relied on Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Cenk Tosun, and Richarlison to play as his main striker, and although he added Moise Kean to that attacking triumvirate the Toffees have only scored four league goals in four games so far.
Another striker who has been forgotten since the season started is Oumar Niasse, but he could still have an effective role to play.
Somewhat surprisingly, Niasse has featured only seven times under Silva despite being signed by the 42-year-old during his spell at Hull in 2017, and although the Senegal international failed to make his mark he is deserving of another chance.
In 2017/18, the striker scored eight and assisted three for Everton in 22 Premier League matches, and now with a more cohesive cohort of attacking players in Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bernard – who played together frequently last year – at the club, he may have a better opportunity to score goals.
As he is yet to play a minute for the Toffees since returning from a loan spell at Cardiff City, it is unlikely he will be drafted into the starting line-up any time soon, but his physical presence could be a useful option from the bench.
Having struggled to score in their opening games, Everton scored seven last week in matches against Lincoln and Wolves and found an effective tool to score from – crossing.
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Sigurdsson and Lucas Digne acted as the architects for four of those goals scored, and Niasse would be ideally suited to acting as an impact sub, providing an aerial alternative to Kean.
Whilst Tosun offers the same threat, he lacks the mobility which makes Niasse an effective option in getting his team higher up the pitch when chasing a goal, and he can also be unpredictable in the box at times, too, as evidenced by the way he scored twice to turn around a match against Bournemouth in 2017.