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Profit Players: Idrissa Gueye

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Everton supporters have been pretty upbeat in recent times after seeing their side earn a credible draw in the Premier League on Sunday.

Marco Silva’s men went into their encounter with in-form and unbeaten Chelsea off the back of beating Brighton in their previous league outing, and thus seeking to back that up with victory at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. And while they weren’t able to get the three points, they deservedly came away from West London with a point after a 0-0 draw with Maurizio Sarri’s Blues, a result which keeps the Toffees ninth in the Premier League table.

Thus, there have been many satisfied Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are enjoying the progression made by Silva’s side in recent weeks, what with many of the summer signings beginning to hit their stride.

Unsurprisingly, the Toffees hierarchy were praised for the business they conducted during the close season, just like they were back in the summer of 2016 in luring Idrissa Gueye to Goodison Park for just £7.65 million (as per Transfermarkt).

Ronald Koeman was the man who oversaw the midfielder’s arrival little over two years ago, and while the Dutchman was generally criticised for his recruitment during his time in charge of Everton, there’s no doubt that the signing of Gueye was a masterstroke, and one that has equipped Silva with a Toffees lynchpin.

Ultimately, Koeman lured the 29-year-old to Merseyside back in 2016 after the midfielder impressed for Aston Villa in the 2015/16 season, this all despite the Villans finishing bottom of the Premier League table with just three wins to their name.

Yet Gueye certainly made a name for himself as a combative midfielder very much similar to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, what with the two of them top of the tackles made and interceptions charts in the 2015/16 campaign – this all despite Kante winning the league with Leicester City and Gueye going down with Villa.

Nonetheless, the Senegal international has continued to prove his worth at Premier League level in becoming an integral member of the starting eleven at Everton, what with Gueye missing just five league games in his first season at the club, before again making 33 appearances last term in their run to eighth place under a combination of Koeman and Sam Allardyce.

Yes, there have been times in which Everton fans have doubted Gueye’s ability, certainly on the ball, but he appears to be growing in importance in Silva’s team, missing just one game so far this term as a result of a knee problem.

And with the central midfield ranks not hugely well-stocked at Goodison Park, there is little doubting that the 29-year-old is one of the main men in that position, if not the main man, which underlines just how great a bargain that £7.65 million price-tag is looking – comparably, the Toffees spent £20.61 million (as per Transfermarkt) on Morgan Schneiderlin, and £13.77 million (as per Transfermarkt) on injury-prone James McCarthy.

As such, while Koeman didn’t get all of his transfer decisions right when in charge of Everton, he certainly pulled off a masterstroke in landing Gueye, thus equipping Silva with a Toffees lynchpin.

Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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