By Alex Stevens

Everton followers are bemused that Steven Naismith was sold in January to make way for flop striker Oumar Niasse, according to a report.

The Telegraph claims on page five of its sport pull-out print section on Wednesday that “everyone at Everton” cannot understand why Naismith was offload earlier this year.

The striker, 30, came back to haunt the Merseysiders on Tuesday night as he scored Norwich’s opening goal in their 2-0 League Cup win at Goodison Park.

Naismith opted not to celebrate and the home fans disguised their disappointment with applause.

The Telegraph report that Naismith’s name had already been sung before kick-off for his feats during his four years at Everton, where he scored 26 goals and supplied 12 assists in 123 matches for the club.

Intriguingly, the Scotland international has not been playing games regularly at Norwich but he provided a reminder of his clinical finishing to both his current and former clubs.

By contrast, Niasse has been a huge disappointment since joining from Lokomotiv Moscow in January for £15million.

He is yet to make a senior appearance this season and has been frozen out by Ronald Koeman after seven goal-less appearances for the club.

In other Everton news, fans have reacted on Twitter to the performance of Mason Holgate against Norwich.