It has been reported that Gbamin has almost reached an agreement with Everton, though Mainz are demanding €35 million for the 23-year-old, with Everton hoping to see that figure reduced.
Gbamin started 30 Bundesliga games for Mainz and came off the bench once, scoring twice and assisting once.
He made 1.6 tackles, 1 interception, 0.9 clearances and 0.2 blocks per game, while averaging 43 passes with a success rate of 80.4%, while also making 0.7 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per game (via WhoScored).
Gueye started 32 matches last season and came on as a substitute once, assisting twice.
He was an important part of Everton’s defensive structure, making 4.3 tackles, 2.2 interceptions, 1.3 clearances and 0.2 blocks per game.
The Senegalese midfielder didn’t have as much of an impact as Gbamin going forward, as he made 0.5 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game, though he was the better passer, having played 52.8 per game with an accuracy of 84.3%.
Gbamin isn’t as influential defensively as Gueye, but it is highly unlikely Everton will be able to find anyone to match the Senegal international’s defensive output while also being able to get on the ball and pass well.
Everton’s decision to go for Gbamin, who is a good all-round midfielder, could indicate they will put less defensive pressure on a single midfielder and delegate responsibility round that unit, with new signing Fabian Delph being one man who could help out there.
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