Oumar Niasse's Everton arrival to ease the club's reliance on Romelu Lukaku

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On a not so busy transfer deadline day, Everton brought in Oumar Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow for a fee of £13.5 million.

Despite being an unknown quantity to English football fans, the striker established a name for himself in Russia, scoring 13 goals in all competitions this season.

Nevertheless, Everton fans would argue that reinforcements going forward weren't ultimately necessary. The Toffees are currently eighth in the Premier League and might be higher had it not been for their leaky defence.


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Roberto Martinez's men have scored 46 goals this season - Romelu Lukaku bagging 16 of those - but conceded 34.

The defence was what needed to be repaired, then. The sheer amount of goals shipped this term leaves Everton some three places lower than where a club of their quality and size should be competing.

As a result, a new defensive midfielder should have been made a priority, much like how Stoke City splashed £18.3 million to prise Giannelli Imbula from FC Porto.

Regardless, new-signing Niasse presents a promising acquisition. Standing at some 6ft tall, the striker is fast, both with and without the ball, powerful and a strong finisher - there's a sense his arrival will be to help ease the goalscoring burden of Lukaku.

Good strikers are of a rare commodity and come at an expensive price, and Martinez might just be reinforcing his strike department in the knowing bids for his Belgian striker are inevitable.

The purchase of Niasse means Everton no longer have to panic about the prospect of losing Lukaku, whether to injury or to one of his many suitors.

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