Everton have confirmed that Djibril Sidibe has joined the club on a season-long loan from AS Monaco.
The loan deal includes an option to buy at the end of it, with Sidibe having become Everton’s sixth signing of the summer.
Speaking to EvertonTV after signing, Sidibe said: “I was very happy to hear a historic and big club like Everton was thinking of signing me.
“It was very easy for me. I did not have to reflect for too long before making my decision to come here.
“Everton are recruiting with the intent to win trophies and play on the biggest stage. I am 100% motivated and ready to help the club achieve its goals and to achieve my own individual goals.”
Sidibe started 22 Ligue 1 games last season, coming off the bench four times, assisting two goals, as per WhoScored.
The Frenchman completed 1.9 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 1.9 clearances and 0.3 blocks per game last season.
In addition, the 27-year-old made 1.2 key passes and 0.8 crosses on average, highlighting that the World Cup winner can make an impact for Everton in both the attacking and defensive phases.
Sidibe will provide competition for Seamus Coleman and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top to become Everton’s starting right-back.
The Republic of Ireland international started 29 games for Everton last season, scoring twice and assisting twice.
He made 1.5 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 2.6 clearances and 0.2 blocks per game, while completing 0.8 key passes and 0.6 crosses on average throughout the campaign.
Marco Silva had identified right-back as a position Everton needed to sign someone for, as reported by The Liverpool Echo, and was correct to do so.
It would have been a risk to have Coleman as the only specialised senior right-back at the club, so they needed someone for the potential eventuality that the Irishman gets injured or suspended.
However, in Sidibe, they have got someone more than that, who can challenge Coleman even when he is fit, which is a very good sign for the club.
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