Roberto Martinez claims it could be dangerous to start Oumar Niasse for Everton

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Oumar Niasse was Everton's marquee addition in the January transfer window.

Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo that throwing Oumar Niasse straight into Everton’s team could be dangerous.

Niasse was Everton’s main addition in the January transfer window, but he is yet to make an appearance for his new side.

And Martinez has urged caution over expecting the attacker to make an immediate impact, although he does expect the Senegalese international to feature in the Toffees’ next league match against Aston Villa.

“It’s been good to see him training and he’s getting very close. But he hasn’t been competing so we need to give him a plan," Martinez said. 

“It could be a big risk to throw him into the Premier League

“It could be dangerous so another three or four good days will benefit him and give him the physical element that you need.

“But’s he’s been working really well so I don’t expect him to be missing in the next league game.”

The pressure on Martinez to start Niasse has risen due to Everotn’s most recent performance against West Bromwich Albion.

Despite having 34 shots against the Baggies, Everton were unable to score - and fell to a 1-0 defeat in front of their own fans.

Niasse has netted 12 times in 21 appearances for CSKA Moscow this term, but he was not even included on the substitutes’ bench last Saturday.

Everton’s next match comes against Bournemouth in the FA Cup, and it remains to be seen whether Martinez could use the cup competition to ease Niasse into life in English football.

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