Martinez: It was important for Niasse to build that relationship with the fans

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has stressed the importance of Oumar Niasse playing a role before the end of the season so that he can start to build a relationship with the fans and also his teammates.

The Senegalese international finally made his full debut, 3 months after signing for £13.5m and was joined on the pitch by Matthew Pennington and Kieran Dowell who made their Premier League debuts.

“We saw the full debut of Pennington and I thought he was very impressive in a solid performance,” said Martinez. “He enjoys the art of defending and it is difficult to find young players of that calibre.

“To have someone like Oumar Niasse finally be able to make his full debut – something he has dreamed of since his arrival in January – was very important as well. It was vital for him to get an hour to build that relationship with the fans and the players.

“Then we were also able to see young Kieran Dowell, who is an exceptional talent, make his Premier League debut.”

Will Oumar Niasse make it at Everton?

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