Roberto Martinez stands up for Everton’s dud signing

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has stated that Oumar Niasse is fitting in well at Goodison Park, but could have to wait until next season before making his first start for the Toffees.

The Senegal international was signed from Lokomotiv Moscow in the January transfer window for a considerable £13.5 million fee, but has only played 29 minutes of Premier League action from the bench so far since moving to England.

With Romelu Lukaku the main man in the Everton attack, the club’s fans have had seldom opportunity to see their new signing in action so far.

Martinez has stated that it would be a ‘bonus’ if Niasse was to feature at all in the club’s remaining Premier League games in 2015-16.

“At the moment, Oumar is adapting well,” The Daily Mail quote the Spaniard as saying.

“Now is probably the first period that he had 10 days of complete good work and he’s going to get the benefit from it.

“From that to be able to play and to cope with 90 minutes of the demands of the Premier League I think is a very different story. He will benefit with a pre-season and at the start of next season.

“If he could play some part of the games it would be a bonus but at the moment it is more of an introduction than the star role he can have.”

Everton will face a struggle to hold onto hotshot striker Lukaku this summer and as such Niasse could well be an important figure for the Toffees come 2016-17.

However, with the Goodison faithful starting to turn on Martinez, having the expensive mystery man on the bench each week will only add to their frustration.