Five worst Everton players of the last five years: Niasse, Alcaraz feature

Everton's new signing Oumar Niasse is presented to the fans before the game

Who have been Everton's worst players in the last five years?

Everton's Gareth Barry celebrates scoring their second goal with Romelu LukakuEverton's Gareth Barry celebrates scoring with Romelu Lukaku

In the last five years, Everton have brought in players such as Romelu Lukaku, John Stones and Gareth Barry - all have featured predominantly in the Blues squad over the years, but which players haven't had a successful spell at Goodison Park?

Oumar Niasse

Everton's new signing Oumar Niasse is presented to the fans before the game

Quite possibly one of Everton's worst ever signings, Oumar Niasse became Everton's third most expensive signing in the club's history, signing for the Blues in January 2016 from Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow for £13.5 million, according to the club's website. So where did it all go wrong for Niasse?

The Senegalese striker scored 12 goals in 21 appearances for the Russian side. It soon became clear that Niasse is not a player suited for the Premier League. Niasse only featured in Everton's side for 152 minutes. The Senegalese striker could barely deliver a successful pass, at times even falling over when touching the ball. Serious questions were raised by fans, what did former manager Roberto Martinez see in the striker?

Niasse future at Everton was made clear when new manager Ronald Koeman failed to give the striker a shirt number. Niasse future in football looks bleak - no teams made a bid for the 26-year-old this summer resulting in the striker still at Everton with no chances of playing.

Aiden McGeady

Everton's Aiden McGeady in action with MK Dons' Dean Lewington

Another player that Ronald Koeman failed to give a shirt number to - Aiden McGeady joined Everton in 2014. The Irish winger's first goal came on the first day of the 2014/15 season. That goal was one of McGeady's very few highlights at Goodison. The 30-year-old once looked like a player with a lot of talent and potential, but unfortunately has failed to live up to that at Everton.

McGeady spent the last part of last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday but he could barely get a game for a Championship side. The winger’s pre season performance for Everton against MK Dons was the end of McGeady's career at Everton. The Irishman missed key chances and was mocked by fans for his awful performance. McGeady has since joined Preston North End on a season-long loan.

Arouna Kone

Everton's Arouna Kone in action with Real Betis' Petros

Arouna Kone's career at Everton hasn't been a disaster; at the same time the striker could have done a lot better since joining the Toffees in 2013. Over the past three years, Kone at times has looked incapable of a successful finish. Kone had a poor 2015/16 season, and the Ivorian has also struggled with injuries.

The striker came off the bench in Everton's 4-0 victory against Yeovil Town in August and scored twice. Prior to that performance, the last time Kone scored was in January - not good enough for a striker who should regularly be finding the net. 

If leading goal scorer Romelu Lukaku would ever pick up an injury, there would be a sense of panic for fans. The inconsistency of Kone means that Lukaku is the Blues only reliable striker. Only time will tell if Kone can shine under Koeman.

Antolin Alcaraz

Everton's Antolin Alcaraz looks dejected

Another flop signing from Roberto Martinez - Antolin Alcaraz followed Martinez from Wigan, joining Everton in 2013. The central defender made just 14 appearances for the Blues.

Alcaraz failed to hold down a first-team position. His time on Merseyside suffered due to the amount of injuries the 34-year-old picked up. The small amount of games that Alcaraz did feature in included an own goal, a red card, as well as poor defensive decisions. Everton released Alcaraz in 2015, with the player signing a one-year deal at Las Palmas.

Lacina Traore

Lacina Traore - Everton

A striker that Everton fans will want to forget - Lacina Traore joined Everton on loan from Monaco in January 2014. Another player whose time at Everton was affected by injuries, Traore scored on his debut against Swansea, but the striker only featured in one further appearance for the Toffees. The 26-year-old was criticised by fans for his lack of desire to want to play, poor ability and technique.

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