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Everton: Fans split over Sidibe’s Blues debut in Carabao Cup win

Everton: Fans split over Sidibe’s Blues debut in Carabao Cup win

Loads of Everton fans have been sharing mixed reactions over the efforts of French right-back Djibril Sidibe, after he made his Blues debut in his new side’s Carabao Cup victory over League One outfit Lincoln City.

Sidibe joined Marco Silva’s Goodison Park natives on loan from AS Monaco this summer, with the Merseyside outfit obtaining an option to purchase the 2018 World Cup winner permanently next year for an additional €14million (£12.7m) on top of the €2.5million (£2.2m) loan-fee (L’Equipe).

Like with fellow summer additions Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean, Silva has taken his time to introduce the 27-year-old to the English game, and only handed the Frenchman his first inclusion on a matchday teamsheet for Everton’s 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa (TransferMarkt) last Friday.

The Carabao Cup, however, offered the Portuguese the chance to make changes to his preferred line-up, and Sidibe proved to be one of five names drafted into the eleven that started at the Sincil Bank Stadium on Wednesday night.

Everton fans were not totally convinced that the former Ligue 1 champion will have what it takes to challenge Seamus Coleman for the first-choice position at right-back, though, as he left some supporters feeling uneasy with the way he managed the threat of Danny Cowley’s Imps.

During his full-game appearance, some fans felt that Sidibe was caught out of possession on too many occasions, although portions of the Goodison Park faithful accepted that his rusty performance could have been due to his lack of game time in Royal Blue thus far.

The stats recorded by WhoScored from the round two clash would support those who were moderately impressed by what the Troyes-born player has to offer, as the sports analytics company noted that Sidibe won 80% of his five attempted tackles, made two clearances and one interception, as well as completing 64 of his 78 attempted passes.

Sidibe’s four successful tackles was also a joint team-high with Richarlison and Lucas Digne, and four-times that of centre-backs Michael Keane and Mason Holgate and twice as many as holding midfielders Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin.

Here’s how these fans judged Sidibe’s debut in Royal Blue…

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