Oumar Niasse was offered to Leeds United in January of this year by his current club Everton. However, his current deal is about to run out at the end of next month and Everton will not be renewing or extending his time. according to Football Insider, at Goodison Park.
It has been clear that, since January, Everton have been looking to move Niasse on from Goodison, the Senegalese striker having no defined future at the club. That has not only been obvious this season but, effectively, over the duration of his time on Merseyside.
Since signing a deal in 2016, his time on Merseyside has seen him make just 42 appearances for the Toffees (nine goals/four assists) as well as loan spells at Hull City and Cardiff. Quite simply put, others have been brought in to Everton and installed in front of him in the pecking order.
Niasse hasn’t found his feet at Everton, that is clear but he is a striker that does have goals in him. A quick glance at his career shows that he knows where the back of the net is. Whilst he only has nine goals for Everton, he was signed on the back of a 19-goal/14-assist spell in Russia in just 42 games for Lokomotiv Moscow.
He’s also scored in Turkey for Akhisarspor (15 goals/seven assists), for Hull City (five goals) and 12 in 10 for Everton’s Under-23s. So, the goals are there and that is potential which could be unlocked and then fed.
Leeds United and the Niasse dilemma
But do Leeds United need him? That would be the $million question so-to-speak. Leeds United will need that fabled ‘Premier League experience’ should they succeed in gaining promotion from the Sky Bet Championship this time around.
Does Niasse give them that experience, though? Yes he has been there but he’s hardly lit up the league. He has scored goal but does that mean that they are still in him as well. I mean, a heavyweight boxer always has that knockout punch but it is whether he can land it cleanly and tellingly enough.
There’s also Marcelo Bielsa to consider and, when talking of Bielsa, it is a big thing to consider. Leeds United are like mankind to God when it comes to the legendary Argentinian. They are a side built in his image. Like God with man, he has shaped and built the Whites from the very elements and in his own image. Does Niasse fit that image as well as, say, Patrick Bamford does?
Would Niasse be of use to Leeds? That’s another point that must be asked. He’s unlikely to displace Helder Costa on the wing and he’d likely struggle to shift Jean-Kevin Augustin who Leeds are obliged to purchase should they go up. As for Patrick Bamford, well Niasse can forget about nabbing Paddy’s role at Elland Road.
In essence, bringing in Oumar Niasse would be a case of the Senegalese striker swapping one bench and back-up role for another.
What do you think about this Leeds fans?