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Everton v Bournemouth - Story of the Match

Everton's Oumar Niasse scores
Everton's Oumar Niasse scores

Former outcast Oumar Niasse was transformed into the comeback king with his first two Premier League goals for Everton as they came from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1.

Twelve months ago the Senegal international was without a squad number, banished from the first-team dressing room and playing for the under-23s after manager Ronald Koeman decided on the basis of a 45-minute pre-season friendly appearance he was not up to the task.

But with Everton's failure to sign an adequate for Romelu Lukaku in the summer Koeman was forced to eat humble pie and recall the striker, a £13.5million signing by Roberto Martinez in February 2016.

After scoring in the midweek Carabao Cup win over Sunderland Niasse came off the bench to score twice in the final 13 minutes to turn around a game heading the visitors' way after Josh King's goal early in the second half.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

https://twitter.com/carlmarkham/status/911614500192866304

STAR MAN

Oumar Niasse. The former forgotten man at Everton came off the bench to score twice and turn the result on its head. It was just reward for the Senegal international's persistence and patience.

DATA POINT

Niasse's second-half substitute appearance was his first Premier League appearance for Everton since May 2016 after last season being told to find a new club and joining Hull on loan for six months.

IN WITH THE CROWD

"He's off to the pub, he's off to the pub. He's Wayne Rooney, he's off to the pub". Bournemouth fans taunt the Everton striker over this week's drink-driving conviction when he is substituted in the second half.

PLAYER RATINGS

Everton

Jordan Pickford: 7 (out of 10)

Cuco Martina: 4

Ashley Williams: 5

Mason Holgate: 4

Leighton Baines: 6

Idrissa Gana Gueye: 5

Morgan Schneiderlin: 4

Davy Klaassen: 4

Wayne Rooney: 6

Gylfi Sigurdsson: 5

Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 6

Substitutes

Oumar Niasse (on for Rooney, 55): 7

Tom Davies (on for Klaassen, 55): 7

Jonjoe Kenny (on for Martina, 74): 6

Bournemouth:

Asmir Begovic: 6

Adam Smith: 6

Simon Francis: 7

Nathan Ake: 6

Charlie Daniels: 7

Jordon Ibe: 5

Dan Gosling: 6

Andrew Surman: 6

Junior Stanislas: 6

Josh King: 7

Jermain Defoe: 6

Substitutes

Steve Cook (on for King, 79): 6

Benik Afobe (on for Defoe, 75): 6

Lys Mousset (on for Ake, 83): 5

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Everton v Apollon Limassol (Europa League, Thursday September 28)

Bournemouth v Leicester (Premier League, Saturday September 30)

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