The out of favour forward scored a first half hat-trick as Everton's Under-23s won 6-3 against Reading.
Oumar Niasse scored a hat-trick last night for Everton's under-23s in their 6-3 win over Reading at Adams Park.
Niasse, who has fallen out of favour at Goodison Park - the extent of which was revealed in an interview with the Guardian last week - found the net three times in the first half within the space of 18 minutes as the Toffees came from two goals down to lead 3-2 at the interval.
Second-half goals from Kieran Dowell, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Liam Walsh all found the net before the home side grabbed a late consolation.
But much of the focus on Everton's performance from their fans on Twitter was the display of their £13.5 million January signing, with some even suggesting that he should be given an opportunity to impress for the first-team in some capacity.
The 26-year-old has made just the seven appearances and has failed to impress, with his signing widely regarded as a flop, but his outing for the club's second string may have persuaded fans he deserves another chance; whether Ronald Koeman is persuaded is a different matter.
Here is a selection of what was said on Twitter:
Oh the irony of Niasse finally showing what he has in his locker #EFC— Mark Pendleton (@sunscreemer) October 17, 2016
Surely with only valencia & kone as cover we have to consider giving Niasse a second chance with 15/20 mins off the bench etc— Ged Robinson (@Ged_Robinson) October 17, 2016
Give niasse his due, he's ignored the poor treatment from RK and just on with doing his job #fairplaytohim— steve williams (@stewillow61) October 18, 2016
@RonaldKoeman think its time you give niasse a chance he is showing he knows were the net is for the u23. We are paying him after all— jonny mcglone (@jonnyevertonian) October 18, 2016
Oumar Niasse is a credit to his profession by the way just digging in others would have refused to play in this day an age of big egos— tony edge (@edgyt10) October 18, 2016
I really like Niasse, not saying he's brilliant all of a sudden but love his attitude..and the lad really does deserve a locker ffs— john martin (@Johnnymart1878) October 18, 2016