Oumar Niasse shares what Ronald Koeman said to him at Everton
By Harvey Byrne
Oumar Niasse has opened up about conversations he had with boss Ronald Koeman and his current treatment at Everton.
The 26-year-old striker has revealed that the Dutch manager told him to leave the club after watching just 45 minutes of the forward in action during a 1-0 friendly win over FK Jablonec.
The Senegal international has stated that the former Southampton boss couldn’t have have made a proper assessment on him so quickly, but that he has to accept the decision.
“Koeman said: ‘You have to leave,'” said Niasse to The Guardian. “I couldn’t understand how that decision could have been made after 45 minutes but I just said: ‘OK, thank you.’ It’s his decision. He’s the manager. What can I do? I called my agent and he said that he would look into the opportunities for me. To be honest, I didn’t ask Koeman to explain his reasons. I just thought, even if I asked why, I would never understand. After just 45 minutes, you cannot say to me: ‘You are no good.'”
The striker has failed to make an appearance under Koeman in the new campaign, but the pair had a further conversation once Niasse was demoted to the club’s Under-23s.
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“He changed everything. He took my shirt number and he told me I wasn’t allowed to be in the dressing room for the first team; that I wasn’t going to train with them. I had to go with the second team.
“I said: ‘OK, no problem.’ When you say you don’t need a player, you don’t have to see him. I’ve just kept working in training. Even if I’m training with the under-23s, I give them the respect.”
Niasse completed a move to Goodison Park in the 2016 winter window from Lokomotiv Moscow, joining under former manager Roberto Martinez.
He has since unimpressed at the Toffees, failing to score in seven senior appearances for the club.
He played 57 minutes for the Under-23s last week as the young Everton team suffered a 2-1 loss against Cheltenham in the Football League Trophy.
Koeman currently has star Romelu Lukaku leading his line, while Arouna Kone follows as back-up.