By John Reid

Everton striker Oumar Niasse has thanked former Toffeemen manager Ronald Koeman for saving his Everton career.

Niasse was out in the cold at Goodison and his Everton career thought to be over after being dropped from the first-squad by Koeman then sent to Hull City in January.

However, with Everton in a goal-scoring drought Koeman brought the Senegal hitman back into the squad and the player has responded with five goals so far this season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Niasse said “I knew that it would be a difficult season if I stayed here but at the end I didn’t go.

“I said thank you to him because he could have said ‘no, you are staying with the U23s’ but when I came back he brought me back to the team.

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“That has allowed me to be here today.”

Niasse and Everton are next in action this weekend against bottom of the table Crystal Palace, as they attempt to climb the table away from relegation places.

David Unsworth is set to be in charge for the fifth game in a row as Everton still haven’t appointed a new permanent manager as yet, with Sam Allardyce now out of the running.

In other Everton team news, a player has revealed that he hasn’t spoken to David Unsworth

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