According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, the future of Idrissa Gueye may well be at Everton after all. The 29-year-old made the move to Goodison Park back in the summer of 2016 after one season at Aston Villa, with his impressive efforts in the heart of the Toffees midfield reportedly (as per L’Equipe) attracting the interest of French giants Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the January transfer window.
Yet a recent report from The Daily Mirror suggests that the Ligue 1 champions have turned their attentions towards fellow midfielder Leandro Paredes as they eye a replacement for contract rebel Adrien Rabiot, which is news that is sure to have prompted a huge sigh of relief from Everton manager Marco Silva.
Ultimately, the Merseysiders have endured a testing run of form in recent times with only two wins from their last ten Premier League matches, a run of form which has seen them drop into the bottom half of the division, at the same time spark some pressure on the shoulders of manager Silva.
But with the Portuguese chief admitting (as per The Liverpool Echo) that the finances simply weren’t there to improve the squad greatly this month, it’s imperative that the 41-year-old retains some of his most prized assets in a bid to build some momentum and thus climb the table in the second half of the season.
And there is little doubting that Gueye falls into that category such have been his exploits in the Everton midfield over the years.
The 29-year-old may well have been part of the Villa side embarrassing relegated from the Premier League in the 2015/16 season, but he was the standout player in a woeful team to thus earn himself a move to Goodison Park that summer.
And he has since proven why manager-at-the-time Ronald Koeman lured him to Merseyside as Gueye has become arguably the main man in the Everton midfield, appearing 94 times in all competitions for the Toffees, of which 86 have come in the Premier League.
And in appearing in all but 13 of their last 99 league games, the Senegal international has produced a level of consistency in the middle of the park to become a reliable option in that area – quite simply, an Everton midfield without the 29-year-old is immediately weaker.
And no wonder given the Senegal international is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League off the ball, making countless tackles, interceptions, and blocks whenever on the field, while his ability on the ball does also appear to be improving – alongside Andre Gomes, the duo have everything needed to form an excellent central midfield partnership.
And that is why retaining him this month is so important to Everton – yes, they are clearly in need of a striker, but the central midfield ranks are another area of the squad that has question marks, what with Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies, and James McCarthy having failed to convince in recent times.
Add in the fact that Gomes is only on loan until the end of the season, and Gueye is the mainstay of that Everton midfield – losing him this month is simply unthinkable.
And that is why a recent report from The Daily Mirror suggesting that PSG have turned their attentions away from the 29-year-old is sure to have come as music to the ears of Silva, who would have likely breathed a huge sigh of relief as a result.
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