Part of the deal which will see Yannick Bolasie leaving Crystal Palace for Everton in the coming days is a loan move in the opposite direction from Toffeees frontman Oumar Niasse, but what do we know about him?
The reaction of Everton fans to the news that Niasse is being bundled into a deal for Bolasie was one of almost universal hilarity, given the disastrous run of form the Senegal frontman has endured whilst playing at Goodison Park.
Despite only making five Premier League appearances in royal blue, the judgement of him has been harsh to say the least, with suggestions that his teammates raised questions over how he had ever become a professional footballer when first training with him on Merseyside.
It is a perception which doesn’t chime clearly with the £13.5 million fee they paid to take him away from Lokomtiv Moscow last February, where he managed a respectable 19 goals in 42 appearances, including a vital equaliser in the Russian Cup Final which he and his teammates went on to win 3-1.
Having managed just 152 minutes of first-team football for Everton last season, he has not been given a squad number by them for the upcoming campaign, but in the form of a loan deal, Palace may as well see if they can somehow light a fire underneath the faltering frontman where Roberto Martinez failed so dramatically.
Perhaps the transfer fee has clouded the judgement of Everton fans in relation to Niasse’s true potential or maybe he really is that bad; either way it looks as though the Selhurst Park faithful are set to find out for themselves in the next few months.
I’m praying the YouTube version of Oumar turns up and hits the ground running in SE25. There really is nothing like a bit of pre-season optimism.