By Abigail Withey
Everton winger Ademola Lookman has backed Oumar Niasse to earn promotion back to the first-team after his hard work with the development squad.
Niasse, 27, joined the Toffees back in February 2016 from Lokomotiv Moscow in a deal worth over £13.5million, but he failed to make an impression at the Merseyside club and made just seven appearances in total before he joined Hull City on a four-month loan spell.
The Goodison Park outcast last made an appearance with the club in May 2016 when Everton suffered a 3-1 defeat away against Leicester City
Now, Lookman thinks that after an impressive display while playing in the Under-23 side, Niasse will appear in the first-team again soon.
“It was nice for Oumar to get a couple of goals. He’s a hard worker and he got his reward,” the 19-year-old told the Liverpool Echo.
“I don’t really know what he’s like with the Under-23s all the time because I’m not really around the group but from what I’ve seen he talks to the younger lads quite a lot and gives them information and is a good person to have around.
“If he keeps scoring goals and producing the goods then I think he’ll definitely get his chance.”
Niasse has appeared for Everton’s Under-23s twice so far this season and has reminded boss Ronald Koeman why he should make it back to the first team.
The forward scored during the Under-23s’ 3-0 victory over Chelsea in August and most recently managed to net two more, as well as supplying an assist, for the Toffees’ during their 4-1 win against Tottenham’s youth side at the weekend.
After fellow forward Romelu Lukaku left to join Premier League giants Manchester United during the transfer window it looked at though Niasse might get more of a chance to break back into the first team, but with summer signing Sandro Ramirez proving a popular first choice up front, it looks as though the Senegal player may only provide back-up.