Everton striker Oumar Niasse has revealed that he never felt frozen out at the club. Niasse arrived at the Toffees in January 2016 for a fee of £13.6 million from Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow
He was however supposedly deemed surplus to requirements upon the arrival of Ronald Koeman as manager of the club during the summer of 2016 and was not given a squad number.
After failing to win regular match time during the first half of last season, Niasse was sent on loan to Hull City for whom he scored four Premier League goals from 17 matches.
The striker was then expected to be sold during this summer, however as the Merseyside club failed to secure a replacement for striker Romelu Lukaku who joined Manchester United, he was handed a life line at the club and has so far impressed by scoring three goals in three games in all competitions.
Niasse has now revealed that he never felt frozen out of the club and told The Liverpool Echo, “It’s not difficult when you arrive at Everton, it’s much more difficult when I left to go to Russia and Turkey.
“At Everton when you arrive you can feel, before you’ve even been on this kind of project, you arrive and there are always people to help you settle and asking you about everything you need.
“I remember when I arrived Aaron Lennon was always every day asking ‘If there’s anything you need, call me.’ In the future anything could happen to you and you always think this club can help you.
“I think the most important thing is to be ready and I have been every time. The first three or four months here were difficult but after that I’ve kept my mind and I’ve tried to settle and I think I’m settling very, very well now.”