Niasse In Team Of The Week (25/9/17)
Everton are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.
Actually Garth is now down as a 'Football Analyst' these days, a posh term for a pundit then!
The performance by Oumar Niasse in the two one victory over Bournemouth at the weekend at Goodison Park was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.
I think we'll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we'll also not argue with it, selected Niasse as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'At a time when Everton are desperately looking for someone to replace Romelu Lukaku, up pops Oumar Niasse. I remember seeing Niasse play for Hull but he looked a completely different player to the one I remember playing for the Tigers. He looked fit for a start, his movement was great and if the response from Everton coach and former striker Duncan Ferguson was anything to go by the Senegal international is listening to his coaching sessions. Niasse thundered his shot past Asmir Begovic for his first goal and was brave in his attempt to score his second. The debate about the challenge by Simon Francis on Wayne Rooney is an interesting one. There is no doubt in my mind that Francis was reckless. Defenders cannot go for an aerial challenge using their arms to propel themselves forward, split the opponent's eyebrow and then claim the player ran into his elbow. It's absurd. The whole point of the defender challenging in that manner is to protect himself from the ensuing striker but also to issue a warning that if you do go for the aerial challenge you run the risk of getting what Rooney got - a split eyebrow. Rooney made it absolutely clear to referee Martin Atkinson that it was the fourth time the Bournemouth centre-back had challenged in that fashion and the referee did not penalise the one that caused all the damage. It's all well and good Francis trying these dangerous manoeuvres with the likes of Rooney. Had Francis been playing against Duncan Ferguson I suspect it would have been Francis leaving the field of play, but on a stretcher.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Niasse for their recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Adrian Mariappa (Watford), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Phillipe Coutinho (Liverpool), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Oumar Niasse (Everton), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham).