The 26-year-old, on loan from Everton, had only been on the pitch six minutes when he latched on to Abel Hernandez’s pass and slotted past Swans keeper Lukasz Fabianski to open the scoring at the KCOM Stadium, before grabbing his second of the game 12 minutes from time with an emphatic close-range finish.
It was the Senegalese striker’s third and fourth goals in a black and amber shirt following his previous strikes against Manchester United and Liverpool in the EFL Cup and Premier League respectively, and Clucas was quick to praise his team-mates efforts in front of goal.
“He has been massive for us since he arrived and we’re all delighted to see him amongst the goals,” admitted Clucas.
“He came here looking to play football, and you can see the confidence he’s gained from playing and scoring goals – it’s great to see!
“We’ve never really had that strength in-depth up front this season, especially when Abel was injured.
“It’s nice to have competition for places and I think it’s paying off because we’ve got players coming off the bench hungry to prove a point and stake their claim for a starting spot.
“Obviously we were all delighted to see big Niasse come off the bench on Saturday and have such a positive impact on the game by scoring twice.”
Whilst delighted to see Niasse add to his goal tally on Saturday, Clucas was quick to stress the goal-scoring burden cannot rest solely on the Senegalese international and fellow front-man Hernández as the Tigers look to secure Premier League safety over the next two-and-a-half months.
“It’s something that we’ve discussed in recent weeks. We know we need to get more goals from different areas of the pitch.
“We can’t just rely on Abel and Oumar to come up with the goals all of the time. It has to be a team effort. We all need to chip in and put the ball in the back of the net.
“We’ve been working hard on that in training and hopefully we’ll see a reward in our remaining games.”
Reflecting more on the Swansea win, Clucas believes the Tigers were full value for the three points against Paul Clement’s side.
“It was a massive win after not getting anything at Leicester last weekend.
“With the number of games remaining, it is vital that we start putting some points on the board – and three points against Swansea on Saturday was a great start. We now have to build on it though and string together a decent run of results.
“I thought we were the better team throughout the 90 minutes and were the only team that looked like scoring, especially when Llorente went off. He was their biggest threat.
“I think it was all us and it was only a matter of time before the first goal came and thankfully that proved to be the case.”
On a personal level, Clucas has enjoyed an impressive first season in the Premier League, earning positive reviews for his performances in the middle of the park.
After starting off the campaign operating in a holding midfield role, the former Chesterfield man has been utilised further forward by Marco Silva in recent weeks, with Clucas insisting he is happy to play wherever his manager asks him to.
“I’m happy wherever I play. As long I’m on the pitch and playing football, that’s all that matters,” he admitted.
“The gaffer obviously trusts me in various positions, which is always nice. I really enjoyed playing the holding midfield role in the early stages of the season, but I’m quite happy to push on a little bit and try to grab a goal like I did last week.”