Koeman refuses to budge on Everton striker decision, despite stunning display
By Harvey Byrne
Ronald Koeman has stated that he is unlikely to change his decision on Everton flop Oumar Niasse, despite the outcast scoring a hat-trick for the club’s Under-23s.
The 26-year-old, who only moved to Merseyside in January in a £13.5million deal, has been demoted to the Under-23s, while also losing his shirt number following the appointment of Koeman.
He failed to make an impact in his first few months at the club, playing just seven times and failing to get on the score sheet, which helped the Dutch manager make his decision.
However, the striker bagged a hat-trick as the Under-23s beat Reading 6-3 on Monday evening, with his performance drawing praise from coach David Unsworth.
Although, despite his impressive performance in the youth team, Koeman has stated in a pre-match press conference covered by Express journalist Paul Joyce that he is unlikely to budge on his decision for the striker.
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Koeman: "I hope Niasse scores a hat trick every week for the U23s – but the decision i took is not usually something i change."
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) October 20, 2016
The decision of Koeman has also been helped by the form of star striker Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgium international has scored six goals in eight appearances for the Toffees in the new campaign and has been a key part of the Goodison Park outfit’s good start.
They will travel to Turf Moor on Saturday to face Burnley, and are currently sat in sixth place with 15 points from their eight matches.
In other Everton team news, fans reacted on Twitter to Niasse’s hat-trick for the club.