'Spat his dummy out' - Exclusive: Pundit blasts 'Foolish' Everton player after exit deal agreed
Noel Whelan has blasted Everton striker Oumar Niasse for his “stubborn attitude” after turning down the chance to join a Championship club on loan this month.
The former Leeds forward and current broadcast pundit, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that it is “foolish” of the 29-year-old to rebuff interest after falling out of contention at Goodison Park.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Everton chief Marcel Brands had accepted loan offers from Championship clubs but Niasse turned down the opportunity as he does not want to drop into the second tier.
Whelan says that he is wasting his time out in the cold at Everton and that he is making a huge blunder by refusing the move.
Whelan told Football Insider: “When two managers are allowing you to leave on loan I think it’s telling a story that you’re not wanted at the football club and you’re not needed.
“As a player, to say no to playing Championship football is a foolish mistake. He’s going sit there rotting away, doing nothing.
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“He’s been given an opportunity to play football for the second part of the season with a Championship side, get his match fitness, get his match sharpness, maybe turn the head of his manager that doesn’t want him.
“A real opportunity missed in my opinion and kind of stubborn, a stubborn attitude from probably a spoiled player who’s spat his dummy out. Go and play your football, go and ply your trade, go and prove people wrong.”
Niasse has played for the under-23s more often than he has the first team this season, with just one one-minute cameo in the Premier League to his name.
He has nine goals in 40 appearances since signing on Merseyside and has been shipped off to both Hull City and Cardiff City on loan.
In other Everton news, Darren Bent has been left in awe of a transfer link at Goodison Park.