Oumar Niasse's May comments about Marco Silva make for interesting reading amid Everton speculation

Watford's Portuguese head coach Marco Silva shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford...

The Everton striker worked under Watford's manager at Hull City last season.

Watford's Portuguese head coach Marco Silva shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford...

Watford's Marco Silva has emerged as Everton's number one choice to succeed Ronald Koeman, the Independent reported on Monday.

Though the report states an official approach was turned down by Watford, it adds that Silva is interested in moving to Everton.

And one Everton player who would almost certainly welcome the 40-year-old's arrival is the man he rescued from Goodison Park exile in January, Oumar Niasse.

Niasse kickstarted his career in English football under Silva at Hull, for whom he scored five goals in 19 appearances.

And speaking to the Daily Star in May, the Senegal striker said: "I was in a difficult situation at Everton. I knew it wasn’t me doing something wrong, but that’s life and football can be like that.

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.

"The manager [Silva] and the club [Hull] gave me the opportunity to play again here, so I've taken my chance and I'm enjoying my football once more."

He added: "He's a good person, and when you are a good person life smiles at you. For me, he can be a big manager.

He's already very good but I think he can manage one of the big clubs. He's done it in Portugal, Greece and now he's started to prove himself in England.

Marco Silva, Manager of Hull City reacts during the Premier League match between Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur at the KC Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Hull, England.

"It's a pressurised environment but he's made some good improvements to the team and he’s going to keep getting better. He has a great energy about him."

Niasse has excelled since returning to Everton, already equalling his tally for last season in only 320 minutes of football.

And with Silva in charge, things may only get better.

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