By Amir Mir
Ronald Koeman has reiterated that there is no way back for Oumar Niasse and claimed he “can’t understand” why the flop doesn’t leave Everton.
The 25-year-old striker signed for the Toffees from Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow in January for then-manager Roberto Martinez for £13.5 million.
But the Senegal international has struggled since his arrival on Merseyside making only seven appearances in all competitions and failing to score a goal.
Additionally, he has not appeared in any of Koeman’s squads this term, but did feature and score for the under-23 side in midweek when they beat Arsenal under-23’s 5-0 at Boreham Wood.
But Koeman gave a short and sharp response when asked if he expects the club’s £13.5 million signing to leave the club.
“If he likes to play football then he needs to leave Everton,” said Koeman as quoted by the Mirror. “There was some interest in him but not the interest that he liked to have. It is all up to the player whether he doesn’t leave, I can’t understand it , but that is normal.”
It had been reported that Niasse was the subject of interest from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace, including other Russian clubs, but the attacker decided to stay at Goodison Park.
Koeman who took charge of the Toffees in June has Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku, Ivory Coast international Arouna Kone and summer signing Enner Valencia as attacking options.
Star player Lukaku has scored four goals in his last two appearances for the Dutchman and appeared in five games in all competitions this season.
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