According to a report in the Daily Mail, a senior member of Everton’s backroom staff has been left totally unconvinced by Oumar Niasse’s performances in training.
Niasse set Everton back £13.5 million in the January transfer window, but his start at Goodison Park has been alarmingly inauspicious.
The 26-year-old has barely featured since moving to the Toffees, and manager Roberto Martinez stated last week that it would be a ‘bonus’ if he played again before the end of the season.
Niasse did not even make the substitutes’ bench for Everton’s FA Cup final against Manchester United, even though the likes of Matthew Pennington and Tony Hibbert did.
The powerful forward has played for just 29 minutes throughout his time at Everton so far, with all five of his appearances being as a substitute.
It is now believed that part of the reason for this is because a senior figure in Martinez’s staff has been concerned by his performances in training.
There are reportedly fears that Everton have overspent to sign Niasse, and although he is not being written off just yet by the club’s staff, he has a lot of work to do if he is to break back into Martinez’s plans.