Niasse thanks Everton fans for support during difficult spell

Oumar Niasse has had quite an eventful spell at Everton, even though he has barely featured on the pitch.

After being bought by former Toffees manager Roberto Martinez from Lokomotiv Moscow in February last year, the forward struggled to get a game.

The Senegal international played just 152 minutes of action in the second half of the 2015-16 campaign, but things got worse when Ronald Koeman was appointed as Martinez’s successor.

Niasse did not figure in the Dutchman’s plans and at one point did not even have a squad number.

In January last year, the forward signed for Hull City on a loan deal and went on to make 17 Premier League appearances, scoring four goals and creating a single assist.

Despite being out of favour with the manager, Niasse has received backing from the fans, with many unhappy about the club’s treatment of him.

The forward has been lauded for his professionalism and supporters were delighted when he nabbed his first Everton goal in Wednesday’s victory over Bolton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup.

In an interview with The Everton Show, Niasse explained that he wanted to score for the fans as a thank you for their support.