Mark Lawrenson predicts Everton v Hull, claims Koeman will sell this player
By Amir Mir
Mark Lawrenson has backed Everton to beat Hull City 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Goodison Park.
BBC pundit Lawrenson claimed that Toffees manager Ronald Koeman will sell on-loan Tigers striker Oumar Niasse.
The 26-year-old moved to the KCOM stadium during the January transfer window after Koeman had frozen out the Senegal international from the first-team picture on Merseyside.
Since his move, Niasse has been a key figure for a team that is trying to survive relegation from the Premier League.
He has scored three goals in eight league matches, including a brace during his side’s 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Swansea last Saturday.
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Former Reds defender Lawrenson delivered his verdict on Niasse and why the away team will find it tough against Koeman’s side.
“Everton’s build-up to this game has been overshadowed by the news that leading scorer Romelu Lukaku has turned down a new contract,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport. “I don’t see the Lukaku situation affecting the outcome of this game, though, or his performance.
“I am sure on-loan Tigers striker Oumar Niasse would have had a point to prove to Toffees boss Ronald Koeman, but he is ineligible to play against his parent club.
“It’s clever by Koeman. He did not even give Niasse a locker when he was still at Everton but he is not letting him play against them either, and his performances for Hull will mean he gets more money when he sells him too.”
Koeman’s side go into the weekend game having scored seven goals in their last three encounters, picking up six points.
Three points against Hull would see Koeman’s side overtake sixth-placed Manchester United in the table with the Old Trafford club set to play their game against Middlesbrough on Sunday.
United do have a number of games in hand on their rivals and they will be looking to pick up the points against a Boro team that recently sacked their manager.
Nonetheless, this will be the last set of matches played before the international break starts with England set to play Germany in a friendly and Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier.
In other Everton news, Three things to expect from the Toffees clash against Hull on Saturday.