Ex-Everton star Niasse trains with 10th tier side in dramatic fall from grace

Former Everton frontman Oumar Niasse has put forward a compelling case to be regarded as the Premier League's biggest ever flop.

The consideration comes following reports that the Senegalese striker, who once cost the Toffees £13.5million when he joined from Lokomotiv Moscow on deadline day of January 2016, is training with lowly West Didsbury & Chorlton.

The North West Counties Football League Division One South is a far cry from the bright lights and prestige of the Premier League, but that's where free agent Niasse has found himself in recent months as he searches for fitness and a willing taker.

It's been a spectacular fall from grace.

After netting 19 goals in 42 appearances over in Russia, including the equaliser in Lokomotiv's 2015 Russian Cup final comeback triumph, Everton came calling to make him their third most expensive signing at the time.

However, the Premier League dream soon turned into a nightmare.

A mere 152 minutes of football during the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign, in which Niasse unsurprisingly failed to find the net, led to the striker snubbed when it came to squad number selections for the following season.

Five goals in 19 appearances on loan at Hull City during the second half of that campaign couldn't help the Tigers avoid relegation, but did offer Niasse an Everton lifeline.

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An improved 2017-18 saw the forward hit nine goals in 25 outings but it ultimately wasn't to be in the big time and as a floundering loan spell with Cardiff City, coupled with Everton's managerial merry-go-round, hindered any hopes of top-flight success.

In 2020, after having been frozen out once again, Niasse departed Merseyside and disappeared from the game altogether.

That was, until he re-emerged at Huddersfield Town almost a year later in March 2021, much to the excitement of manager Carlos Corberan.

“Oumar has played the highest level of English football for over three years, which means he has all the necessary skills to play in the Championship," the Spanish coach spouted.

"He is a striker with the dynamic to work very hard, to press the opponent and attack the space."

In a turn of events befitting of Niasse's stuttering career, the nine-time Senegal international injured himself in training and left in the summer without ever making an appearance for the Terriers.

But his rollercoaster story doesn't end there.

At 31, Niasse hasn't given up hopes of making it in England and according to the Yorkshire Post, the striker was training with West Didsbury & Chorlton as recently as last month in search of fitness, a new club and one last shot at redemption.

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