Thursday 19 October 2017

On-loan striker Oumar Niasse keeps option of permanent move to Hull open

Oumar Niasse, left, celebrates his first goal against Swansea
Oumar Niasse, left, celebrates his first goal against Swansea

Oumar Niasse has not ruled out a permanent move to Hull after his match-winning performance against relegation rivals Swansea rekindled their Premier League survival bid.

The Tigers had slipped four points from safety after winning only one of their previous six league games before Saturday's 2-1 victory at the KCOM Stadium.

Senegalese striker Niasse, who joined on loan from Everton in January, broke the deadlock for Hull six minutes after stepping off the bench just after the hour-mark and added a decisive second with 12 minutes remaining.

Swansea defender Alfie Mawson's stoppage-time header was too little to late for Paul Clement's side and Niasse was left to reflect on another giant stride for Hull and himself as he fights to resurrect his own career.

"It's going to depend on my performances," said the 26-year-old when asked if his future depended on whether Hull can stay up.

"But I think now the focus is to play the good football, to try to help the club stay in the league."

Niasse failed to score in seven appearances for Everton, who signed him from Lokomotiv Moscow in a £13.5million deal in February 2016, and finished up playing in the Merseysiders' under-23s after being told he did not figure in their plans.

"It was a difficult time at Everton," he said. "I was like standing in the dressing room with the under-23s playing with them, travelling with them all the time.

"It was difficult, but I always kept smiling and always kept a positive mind to start again.

"But it's also a little bit complicated because of the position of (Hull), but we have to enjoy the football.

"If we enjoy the football, the rest can come. We have had luck (against Swansea), but the positive thoughts we have are going to make us happy and feel like we can win some points."

Niasse believes Hull's display against a much-improved Swansea, who had won five of their previous eight league games under Clement, proves they have enough quality and unity to beat the drop.

"Yes, we know anything can happen in the premier league, anyone can beat anyone so we just have to believe in ourselves," he added.

"If we play to our quality and fight, every time we can take points from every match.

"Sometimes we have lost concentration and sometimes we were unlucky, but every time the most important thing is we talk to each other and help each other."

Swans' goalscorer Mawson admitted his side had fallen short of the standards they have been setting under Clement, who replaced the sacked Bob Bradley on New Year's Day.

"It wasn't our best performance as of late," said Mawson, who signed from Barnsley in the summer for an undisclosed fee.

"We've been taking steps forward, but this was a step back, it wasn't good enough. We admit that.

"We've been showing recently that we have the ability to kick on and I'm sure we'll do that because we're working too hard for that not to come out on the pitch. It just makes next week even bigger."

Mawson also doffed his cap to Hull, adding: "They're around us and a massive rival, but credit to them they played well.

"With a new manager like us they have really taken a turn for the better, but we have got more than enough quality to win these games and it's just one of those things.

"We have to dust ourselves down and go again next week."

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