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Friday 9 December 2016

Niasse ready to make Toffees debut

Everton’s Oumar Niasse. Photo: PA
Everton’s Oumar Niasse. Photo: PA

Deadline-day signing Oumar Niasse could make his Everton debut against West Brom on Saturday.

The striker, who signed from Lokomotiv Moscow last Monday for £13.5million, did not have clearance to face Newcastle last week and was left out of the squad for the weekend's 3-0 win over Stoke after only completing one full training session. Niasse, a 25-year-old Senegal international, has not played a competitive game since December.

Asked if Niasse's debut could come against the Baggies, Martinez told evertontv: "It could. He had one full session with the team before the Stoke game but I thought it was probably a bit too early.

"This week has been completely different, he has had a really good working period and all he needs is some good solid work before he can compete in the team. The Premier League is a competition that you have to be ready in order to have an impact.

"It is important he gets the time and the understanding he needs but, at the same time, I have seen he is desperate to be involved."

Meanwhile, Everton fans have voted nine-year-old George Shaw's half-time effort against Swansea as their goal of the month for January.

Shaw, who has cerebral palsy, was invited to the game by winger Gerard Deulofeu after a video of him playing football in the Spaniard's shirt went viral.

The youngster went onto the pitch at half-time and earned rapturous applause when he kicked the ball into the net.

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