According to Football Insider, Carlo Ancelotti has the wheels in motion to make Djibril Sidibe’s loan move permanent and Michael Brown believes the Italian will have a dilemma on his hands.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder has discussed Ancelotti’s decision to sign Sidibe on a permanent basis. Of course, Everton already have Seamus Coleman, with whom Brown feels there will be competition to claim that starting right-back role.
“He’s [Sidibe] played and then he hasn’t, Coleman’s come back in and done some great jobs,” Brown reflected. The Frenchman was brought to Goodison on loan by Marco Silva last summer, with the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season (via BBC Sport).
Sidibe has played 21 matches in the Premier League this term, primarily at right-back but has shifted into a midfield role on three occasions. He has also notched five assists across all competitions this season, all from the full-back position, which highlights his ability to get forward as well as occupy the back four. Everton have lost just once during a game in which Sidibe has registered an assist (via Transfermarkt).
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“I remember him against Crystal Palace, coming up against Wilfried Zaha,” Brown continued. “He had an unbelievable game and stayed in the team.” Sidibe’s performance against Roy Hodgson’s side contributed to a 3-1 win for the Toffees, taking them to 7th in the table (via BBC Sport).
It will reportedly cost Everton £12million to put the 27-year-old under contract, which Brown has described as ‘not a lot of money’. The permanent addition of Sidibe will help bolster Ancelotti’s defensive ranks, with competition for the starting right-back role hardly a bad situation to have as a manager.
“Who is the first-choice right-back? Does he see it changing with different situations?” Pondered Brown. Indeed, the idea of fluidity in any position on the pitch could be an alarming one, but so far it has helped claw Everton out of a torrid run of form they endured earlier this season. The Blues are now 12th in the table but just six points away from sixth place Wolves.
If Ancelotti opts to swap and change his right-back to suit different teams, it could prove a smart tactic to keep the squad fresh and keep the opposition on their toes.
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