Gylfi Sigurdsson praises Everton teammate Oumar Niasse

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on February 10, 2018 in...

Everton striker Oumar Niasse scored in the Premier League at the weekend.

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on February 10, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Everton attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has admitted to the club’s official website that it was tough for his teammate Oumar Niasse at the start of the season.

The former Swansea City, though, has praised the 27-year-old striker for his recent performances.

The Senegal international scored for the Toffees in their 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Goodison Park in the Premier League at the weekend.

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton celebrates with teammate Oumar Niasse after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on...

Niasse has scored seven goals and provided two assists in just eight league starts for the Toffees so far this campaign, having initially struggled for playing time under then manager Ronald Koeman.

Sigurdsson told Everton’s official website: “Oumar has been fantastic. It was obviously very tough for him at the start of the season.

“But he has come in, worked really hard and scored some really important goals for us. Hopefully that will continue.”

Oumar Niasse of Everton celebrates scoring his side's second goal with Idrissa Gueye during the Premier League match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on February 10,...

Unlikely hero

Everton have been crying out for a proven goalscorer since the start of the season, and although the Toffees signed Cenk Tosun form Besiktas in the January transfer window, it is Niasse who is banging in the goals at the moment.

The 27-year-old is not exactly a ‘great’ footballer, but the way he has established himself as an important player in Sam Allardyce’s team is remarkable, and his determination must be lauded.

Niasse has been on the books of Everton since February 2016 when he joined from Lokomotiv Moscow for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £13.5 million.

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