Everton have confirmed on their official Twitter feed that Idrissa Gueye has been sold to PSG for an undisclosed fee.
As reported by The Liverpool Echo, Marco Silva had already felt the Toffees need to sign a centre-back, right-back, winger and striker, though he also made it clear that if Gueye was sold he’d need to be replaced.
With that sale now confirmed, Everton will need to find someone who can fill his shoes.
Gueye was an integral part of Everton’s defensive structure last season, with there only being four clubs who conceded less than their 46 Premier League goals.
The Senegal international started 32 league matches throughout the campaign, coming on as a substitute once, as per WhoScored.
He made 4.3 tackles, 2.2 interceptions and 1.3 clearances per game during the season, which is a brilliant return and highlights how important he was defensively.
If Everton don’t replace Gueye, they could be left far more open at the back, which would likely see them concede many more goals than last season.
Gueye’s defensive strength wasn’t the only positive in his game, as he was tidy on the ball keeping a pass success rate of 84.3%.
However, that protection he offered is what the club will need to replace – though it is highly unlikely they will be able to recruit someone who can replicate all of his defensive statistics at a top level. In the Premier League, he was in the top five midfielders for interceptions made per game.
He will be a loss for the club, but Everton must do their best to get someone who comes close to his defensive influence.
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