Everton manager Ronald Koeman has stated that he ‘can’t understand’ why Oumar Niasse didn’t leave the club over the summer transfer window.
The Senegal international was closely linked with a move to the Turkish Super League with both Galatasaray and Besiktas expressing an interest.
The Dutch tactician made the statement during a pre-match press conferance ahead of Everton’s clash wth Bournemouth this weekend.
Koeman went onto say that he told Niasse that he has no place in his plans this season.
“Of course I mentioned before the season started that he’s a player who will not be in my plans but he’s still under contract and he needs game-time for if there is interest from other clubs,” Kouman is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“Normally, we have enough strikers and different strikers to what he is. I prefer these people and not Niasse in the team.
‘”That’s a question for the player,” Koeman said when asked why Niasse decided to remain at the club .
“There was some interest in him but not the interest that he liked to have. It is all up to the player whether he doesn’t leave, I can’t understand it, but that is normal.
“Football players like to play football, that’s how I see it, and I explained to him why he was not in my plans for the season.”
Everton signed Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow back in January under Roberto Martinez. The former Akhisar Belediyespor striker failed to find the back of the net in the Premier League and is currently training with the Everton U23 side.
The Toffees currently sit second in the Premier League after recording four wins and a draw in their opening five games of the season.