As has been rumored for quite some time, Sky Sports has this afternoon confirmed that Oumar Niasse will leave Everton for Cardiff City. The deal is alleged to be a loan until the end of the season, and Niasse is on his way to Wales for a medical this evening.
Niasse, 28, has a contract with Everton that expires in 2020, so he’ll be back at Finch Farm next season, at least for a little while. It’s a little surprising that the Blues were not able to find a cheap permanent deal for Oumar considering his bizarrely good knack for scoring crap goals, but who knows - Marcel Brands may have been playing hardball.
The Senegalese striker leaves Everton with only 175 minutes played all season. He notched zero goals and one assist, the latter of which came in the Toffees’ third round cup loss to Southampton.
On a broader level, Oumar has scored 9 goals in his Everton career, perhaps none more memorable than the brace to beat Bournemouth last year and at least temporarily save Ronald Koeman’s job.
Niasse has many flaws, but he’s a lovable character, and never did the club wrong even once despite being mistreated on numerous occasions under Koeman. If there isn’t a part of you that doesn’t hold at least some small soft spot in your heart for the guy, well, that sounds like a you problem.
Good luck, Oumar.