Niasse Tipping New Teammate To Make Big Goodison Impact

by Adam Clark

The Dixies

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Oumar Niasse waited just 57 seconds to benefit from a Theo Walcott assist - and then backed Everton’s newest recruit to bring “a lot of good things” to Goodison Park.

With the Blues trailing to Jay Rodriguez’s early opener, manager Sam Allardyce sent on Niasse for Cenk Tosun with 20 minutes remaining and saw the Senegal international meet debutant Walcott's nod down to clinically swipe his first touch of the match past West Bromwich Albion stopper Ben Foster.

It was the fastest goal by a Premier League substitute so far in 2017/18 and earned the Blues a draw that keeps them ninth in the table, just six points behind seventh-placed Leicester City, who they face next.

“It’s a good start for Theo to come in with an assist and I think he did a great job for his first game,” said Niasse of his new teammate.

“He played 90 minutes, he ran with and without the ball, and I think he can bring us a lot of good things.

“It’s always difficult when you come on and see your team is losing but we always have to be better and always have to give our best.

“When I came on it was 1-0 and I had the opportunity with my first touch and I was lucky enough to put it in.”

Saturday’s result halted a run of four straight defeats in all competitions to bring Everton their first point of 2018.

Niasse was understandably happy to make an instant impact after emerging from the bench but the 27-year-old agrees with manager Allardyce that the Blues must improve for the visit of Claude Puel's Foxes in 10 days’ time.

“When the new manager came we had a good run and now we’ve had a hard few games,” he said. “One point is better than nothing but against West Bromwich Albion, with all respect, we know - especially at Goodison - we need to be doing better than we did today.

“It’s one point and hopefully now we’re going to start again with a good run.”

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