Oumar Niasse once detailed how Ronald Koeman treated him at Everton


Ronald Koeman hasn’t been afraid to make big decisions since he arrived in Barcelona.

He reportedly told Luis Suarez he’s free to leave in a brutal phone call and, last week, he told talented youngster Riqui Puig that he should leave the club.

While it seems the youngster may now stick around - more because of his stubbornness more than anything else - it’s clear Koeman isn’t afraid to tell players he doesn’t want at the club to leave.

However, let’s just hope he’s improved his treatment of players since his Everton days.

That’s because comments from former striker Oumar Niasse have reemerged in recent days.

Koeman took over at Goodison Park in the summer of 2016, with Niasse having signed for £13.5m move from Lokomotiv Moscow in January of that year.


But Koeman immediately made Niasse unwelcome before offloading him on-loan to Hull in January 2017.

A permanent deal to Crystal Palace in the summer of 2017 fell through before Niasse soon worked his way back into the Everton squad, outlasting Koeman who was eventually sacked in October 2017.

And after Koeman left the club, Niasse revealed the shocking way the Dutchman treated him on Merseyside.

“When Koeman arrived I was a real good target to destroy,” Niasse told BBC.

“He tried, but I was strong enough to stay. I worked so hard to come to the Premier League so I had to stay in the Premier League.

“For him (Koeman), he worked so hard to let me go. He tried to do a lot of things that were not nice.

“Having taken my locker, my shirt number, he took me out of the dining room where we eat and took me to the Under-23s without no locker there.

“It was very difficult. You need a very strong mindset to deal with that because you don’t have any respect at the club.

“Using the word ‘slavery’ is too much, but it was very difficult. That’s all I can say.”

Let’s spare a thought for Riqui Puig right now...

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