Oumar Niasse's match-winning double makes Everton's reported transfer plan look baffling

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton looks dejected during the Premier League match between Hull City and Everton at KCOM Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Hull, England.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman owes a big thanks to Oumar Niasse after he inspired their 2-1 win at home to Bournemouth.

Oumar Niasse of Everton celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on September 23, 2017 in Liverpool,...

If Oumar Niasse has not won over Ronald Koeman by scoring twice in five minutes to inspire Everton’s 2-1 turnaround against Bournemouth on Saturday, then he might as well give up now.

A year after telling the Guardian that he had been stripped of his squad number and even his locker in an attempt to force him out of Goodison Park, Niasse finally opened his Premier League account for The Toffees.

Everton’s failure to adequately replace Romelu Lukaku had left Koeman’s side looking toothless in attack and, when Niasse came off the bench ten minutes into the second period, the Toffees were more than halfway to a fourth league game in a row without scoring.

Oumar Niasse of Everton scores his side's first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on September 23, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

However, the Senegalese striker cancelled out Josh King’s opener with a lethal finish before turning in the scrappiest of seconds with just eight minutes remaining to send Goodison Park into raptures and ease some of the mounting pressure on his beleaguered boss.

What a way to repay him

Yet, the Sun reported on Saturday evening that Everton could repay Niasse by looking to sell him in January and sign Bournemouth’s King as a replacement.

Koeman had made it clear on countless occasions that Niasse, signed from Lokomotiv Moscow for £13 million in January 2016, would have to leave Merseyside if he wanted to play football for a living. And, after farming him out to Hull City on loan last season, Niasse would have joined Crystal Palace for £10 million on deadline day if it was not for a disagreement about agent’s fees (The Mail).

Oumar Niasse of Hull City celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Hull City and Liverpool at KCOM Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Hull, England.

Yet, after scoring on his long-awaited first appearance under Koeman in Tuesday’s EFL Cup win against Sunderland, a match-winning brace against Bournemouth should at least encourage the Dutchman to show a little faith in his revived centre-forward.

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