Frozen out and unloved: Everton 26-year-old has been the flop of 2016
By Emma Sanders
Football Insider chooses the Everton Flop of the Year as the end of 2016 approaches.
Oumar Niasse picks up the unwanted accolade after his £13.5 million move from Lokomotiv Moscow has ended in failure.
The Senegalese joined the club in February 2016 but made just five Premier League appearances and only two starts under Roberto Martinez before being outcasted by Ronald Koeman.
The Dutchman made it clear he did not want to employ the services of Niasse this season and made his mind up after just a 45 minute spell in pre-season.
Perhaps a little unfairly, Niasse has been completely left in the cold since his move and was told to train with the under-23s at the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
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He’s not made a single first team appearance for Everton this season and has ran out for the reserves in one Football League trophy defeat against Cheltenham.
It was a bizarre transfer, given he was relatively unknown in Europe and didn’t have an overwhelmingly impressive goal-scoring record.
Niasse has not proved the critics wrong either and he has well and truly been a flop, even if his opportunities have been limited.
The striker had clearly not shown enough on the training ground to convince either manager he deserved a chance and it’s likely he’ll be discarded in January if the club can find a suitor.