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Bumbling, clumsy.. effective.

Byline: GREG O'KEEFFE Everton FC Editor greg.o' @GregOK

this season. He's a bit unorthodox.

By GREG O'KEEFFE Everton FC Editor greg.o' @GregOK Sometimes he can look a bit ungainly, even clumsy. But for all the bumbling he still finds a way to score goals. That's what I like about him.

"He is effective. The Lokomotiv fans like him because he has such a good work ethic and that will stand him in good stead with the Everton supporters too I think."

Oumar NIaSSE is quick, never stops working and scores goals - even if he can occasionally appear clumsy.

The only element of the deal which has surprised Bradley is the reported fee of PS13.5m.

That's the verdict of russian football commentator John Bradley, who has watched the Everton target soar to prominence with his 12 goals in 21 games for Lokomotiv moscow this term.

"The fee sounds steep," he said. "I'm not convinved he's worth that.

"He's not going to come in and knock Lukaku out of the team and to be brutally honest he's not at the same level as romelu.

Niasse - pronounced 'knee-ass' with a silent e - became the main man at Lokomotiv this season after previously playing understudy to Dame N'Doye who left for Hull City a year ago.

"But that's fair enough because Lukaku is one of the best young forwards in Europe."

Now with Niasse set to follow his former team-mate to England, Bradley thinks Everton may have found a strong support striker to romelu Lukaku.

So just how competitive is the russian Premier League and how can Evertonians gauge the 12 goals Niasse has scored this term? "He will work non-stop for you and he's got a good eye for goal," said Bradley. "He is persistent too. He won't stop trying to create an opening for himself.

"The russian League is good and improving all the time," said Bradley. "Is it up there with La Liga and the Premier League? No. I'd say it's on a par with France's Ligue 1. "But scoring 12 goals in any League "He was a bit of a late bloomer in terms of coming over from Turkey, where he scored 22 goals in 34 games for akhisar Belediyespor in the Super which isn't at the half-way point yet is no mean feat.

Lig. But he wasn't on the radar of many before he came over to russia.

"He will be a good signing. "He definitely has something about him."

"Lokomotiv are quite inconsistent and tend to sell their top players but he's helped them make a strong start to


Oumar NIasse played as understudy at Lokomotiv to Dame N'Doye, who left for Hull and has since joined Sunderland

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2016
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