Everton boss Roberto Martinez has suggested January signing Oumar Niasse could make his debut for the club in Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Bournemouth if his good work on the training ground continues.
The Toffees have held back the 25-year-old since landing him from Locomotive Moscow for £13.5million last month due to his recent inactivity.
The Senegal international has not played competitively since December and has been working on his fitness at Everton’s Finch Farm training base.
Nissan was left out of the squad for Saturday’s 1-0 loss to West Brom, watching on from the stands as the Merseysiders endured a frustrating afternoon.
Martinez is now weighing up whether to include Niasse in his squad for Everton’s next match against Bournemouth in the fifth round of the FA Cup, claiming he is starting to look sharp in training.
Martinez said: “It’s been good to see him training and he’s getting very close. But he hasn’t been competing so we need to give him a plan.
“It could be a big risk to throw him into the Premier League
“It could be dangerous so another three or four good days will benefit him and give him the physical element that you need.
“But’s he’s been working really well so I don’t expect him to be missing in the next league game.”
The Spanish coach looks set to make several changes for the trip to the south coast with Kevin Mirallas, Leon Osmas and Gerard Deulofeu all pushing for starts.
Everton are on offer at 15.00 to win the FA Cup ahead of Saturday’s encounter, with Bournemouth at 29.00 and holders Arsenal at 4.50.