Premier League side Everton are said to be in the middle of an inner crisis as a dressing room row, believed to have involved Oumar Niasse and Tom Davies, has spiralled out of control.
It has been a turbulent season on and off the field at Goodison Park. On the pitch they took ages to get going, and although they pulled away from danger of Premier League relegation they never truly inspired their fans, often adopting a tough to watch style of play.
They made the news away from the football too, when two players were disciplined for not putting in the required effort in an incident. Morgan Schneiderlin and Kevin Mirallas were the guilty parties and it appears that wasn’t the only occasion that the Toffees training ground became a minefield.
The latest development is said to have been so bad that Davies considered leaving the club, and was close to ordering his agent to look for a move elsewhere for him.
Reports suggest that the academy graduate is not the only player unhappy with Niasse. The Senegal international is said to have had run-ins with a number of senior pros in an atmosphere which has been described as a war zone.
The players have clearly had enough of the situation, with one senior player said to be preparing for showdown talks with the club, while another has made where he stands perfectly clear.
“I say everyone chucks transfer requests in unless Oumar goes.” The Sun quotes one of them telling a mate.
“He’s the problem. He goes, problem goes.”
It is clear there is a rift between various members of the Everton squad and Niasse, and the development is said to be one of the reasons why Wayne Rooney has progressed with his move to the MLS.
It appears Marco Silva is the new Toffees boss in waiting, and it will be interesting to see how he deals with this situation, especially as he may feel he has a bond with the Senegalese forward, who enjoyed a very good spell on loan at Hull City under the Portuguese coach.