Everton supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side get back to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday.
Marco Silva’s men went into their encounter with newly-promoted Fulham off the back of successive league defeats at the hands of West Ham and Arsenal, and thus seeking to bounce back at home to Slavisa Jokanovic’s Cottagers. And the Toffees did just that on Saturday as a brace from Gylfi Sigurdsson alongside Cenk Tosun’s first of the season sealed a routine 3-0 success for the hosts, thus moving them up to 11th place in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have unsurprisingly been singing the praises of Iceland international Sigurdsson, whose two goals helped pave the way for victory on Saturday.
The 29-year-old has started every Premier League game under Silva so far and had a goal and an assist to show for his endeavours prior to kick-off on Saturday, and while he missed a penalty in the first half, the two goals he scored to atone for that error were of the highest order, beautifully slotting home on both occasions into the bottom corner.
As such, the former Tottenham man has been receiving a lot of love from Toffees fans in recent times, yet it was the excellent efforts of midfielder Idrissa Gueye, valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt, which have largely gone unnoticed.
The 29-year-old had missed just one league game prior to Saturday’s clash with Fulham to underline how integral he is to Silva’s side, and another fine display against the Cottagers further underlined just how vital he is likely to be for the Toffees this season.
The Senegal international had more touches of the ball than any other player on the pitch over the course of the 90 minutes (81), to thus demonstrate his busy involvement and willingness to get on the ball, while he finished the match with a very healthy pass success rate of 88% – attempting and completing more passes than any other player on the pitch.
He hasn’t always been renowned for his ability on the ball during his time at Goodison Park, but with two key passes as well alongside his excellent passing statistics, it’s clear that it’s an aspect of his game that has improved greatly in recent times.
And, unsurprisingly, Gueye also dominated off the ball as well in winning a team-high nine tackles over the course of the encounter, while his tally of five interceptions underlined his brilliant reading of the game in giving Fulham very little to work with in the middle of the park – it was a very dominant display.
Overall, it was a performance comprising of everything one associates with the 29-year-old in that central midfield area, and while Sigurdsson will get much of the plaudits for his efforts in netting twice against Jokanovic’s men, Gueye was Everton’s unsung hero in victory at the weekend.
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