Darren Bent revealed he was mystified over Everton not turning to attacker Oumar Niasse sooner.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Premier League striker admitted he found it strange that Niasse hadn’t featured for the first-team this season when you consider the Toffees struggle for goals.

The 29-year-old forward was an unused substitute in the 3-1 win over Chelsea at the weekend after previously failing to make any matchday squad for a first-team game this season.

Bent stated it was strange for Niasse to be treated that way before praising caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson for the instant impact he had made at Goodison Park.

When asked by Niasse making the bench against Chelsea, Bent told Football Insider: “It’s a strange one.

“You think he would be called upon before then as Everton have had trouble scoring goals.

“But that performance from Duncan Ferguson’s team showed me they were working for him as how can they submit that performance after what we saw under Silva.”

In his 2018/19 campaign, Niasse featured 20 times across all competitions for the Toffees and failed to score a goal in any of his outings.

The Senegal international has been at Goodison Park since February 2016 after joining Lokomotiv Moscow and has been loaned out by the Toffees to the likes of Cardiff City and Hull City previously.

Niasse doesn’t have much time left to run on his Everton contract with it currently on course to expire at the end of the season.

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