Ronald Koeman has made it clear there is no way back for Oumar Niasse at Everton.
The Senegal striker was signed by former Toffees boss Roberto Martinez in a £13.5m deal at the start of the year.
He failed to make an impact under Martinez last season and was told he could leave Goodison Park in the summer following Koeman’s arrival as manager.
But Niasse shunned the chance to move on and has been trainiug away from the first-team squad this season.
And, despite seeing the 26-year-old score for the under-23s against Arsenal on Monday, Koeman has ruled out him ever playing for the first-team again.
“I don’t think the goal changes anything but he’s still a contracted player of Everton,” said Koeman.
“Of course I mentioned before the season started that he’s a player who will not be in my plans but he’s still under contract and he needs game-time for if there is interest from other clubs.
“Normally, we have enough strikers and different strikers to what he is. I prefer these people and not Niasse in the team.”
Niasse had plenty of chances to leave Everton in the summer, with Crystal Palace among clubs keen on a loan deal.
Asked whether he was surprised by Niasse’s decision to remain at Goodison, Koeman replied: “That’s a question for the player. There was some interest in him but not the interest that he liked to have.
“It is all up to the player whether he doesn’t leave. I can’t understand it but that is normal. Football players like to play football, that’s how I see it, and I explained to him why he was not in my plans for the season.”