English Premiership

African striker saddened by Everton treatment

2016-10-12 09:07
Oumar Niasse (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Senegalese striker Oumar Niasse has finally spoken out after being ousted from the first-team squad by Everton boss Ronald Koeman.

Niasse joined the Toffees on a four-and-a-half-year deal last season during the tenure of Roberto Martinez but failed to make an immediate impact before the Spaniard was relieved of his duties at Goodison Park.

The arrival of Koeman from Southampton was met with much optimism, but the Senegal international was told he will not be a part of the Dutchman's long-term plans - effectively banishing him to the reserve team.

"To be honest, I think that I don't deserve this," Niasse told the Guardian. "But what I can do is just keep my head and fight to change things.

"I'm not going to make a drama over this. I just deal with it. I know that it's just one period. I'm in the dressing-room with the under-23s but I don't have a locker.

"The other players have where they put their stuff but I don't. I come with my bag and I just have a place that I know. I put my bag down, I train and after, I put everything in my car and go home."

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