It’s fair to say there were plenty of eyebrows raised last month when Hull City boss Marco Silva added Everton striker Oumar Niasse to his ranks. Of course, as he’s done so on many occasions already, the Portuguese manager proved us wrong.
Niasse already has two goals to his name for the Tigers against Liverpool and Manchester United, and he’s beginning to build a case for a regular place in Silva’s starting XI.
And it’s a good job he’s made an instant impact, if reports in today’s papers are to be believed, as the loanee could soon find himself being the long-term replacement to Hull’s current first-choice striker Abel Hernandez.
Hernandez’s agent has said there are a number of clubs currently chasing his client, but as things stand it’s Everton who are the frontrunners for his signature in the summer.
Though he’s never set the Premier League alight, the Uruguayan used Hull’s Championship campaign last year to showcase his talent, netting an impressive 21 goals in 42 games.
And it’s thought Everton boss Ronald Koeman could be planning for life without Romelu Lukaku with the potential acquisition of Hernandez.
His Belgian star has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park this summer, with Chelsea priced as the 1/2 favourites to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.
A like-for-like replacement? Far from it, but Hernandez certainly offers a physical presence up-top, and would benefit from the service of Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley.
So we could potentially be seeing a domino effect involving Chelsea, Everton and Hull City when the season draws to a close?
That could well be the case if we’re to believe Hernandez’s agent.
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