According to a recent report from L’Equipe, Idrissa Gueye’s future at Everton is far from certain heading into the remainder of this month’s transfer window. The 29-year-old made the move to Goodison Park back in the summer of 2016 after a year at Aston Villa, and in that time has become a mainstay in the Toffees team under a combination of Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce, and now Marco Silva.
Yet reports suggest that Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have launched an opening bid for the midfielder as they seek reinforcements in the middle of the park, and while Gueye’s possible exit would no doubt spell bad news for Everton fans, it could be exactly what Tom Davies needs to get his career going at Goodison Park once again.
Ultimately, there is little doubting that Gueye has been the main man in the Everton midfield pretty much ever since making the move to Merseyside two-and-a-half years ago, with the Senegal international in that time appearing a remarkable 94 times for the Toffees, including appearances in all but 13 of their last 99 Premier League matches.
Clearly, the 29-year-old has consistently produced the goods in the heart of the Everton midfield in recent times, with few better in the division off the ball in making tackles, interceptions, and overall breaking the play up, while Gueye has also improved on the ball in the last 12 months or so to become very much the all-round central midfielder.
As such, potentially losing him to PSG is sure to come as a huge blow to Silva and indeed the Goodison Park faithful, yet one man who might benefit from his exit is fellow midfielder Davies, who simply hasn’t been able to dispose the 29-year-old in the Toffees team.
The 20-year-old came up through the ranks at Goodison Park to make his senior debut for the Toffees back in April 2016, which has since paved the way for 81 further appearances for the Premier League outfit.
However, while missing just five games last term in their run to ninth place in the division, the England Under-21 international simply hasn’t been able to regularly force his way into Silva’s first team thinking this term with just nine Premier League appearances to his name – in fact, he has started just once in the league since the start of October.
But with Gueye potentially on his way out of the club, and Andre Gomes’ long-term future uncertain given he is only on loan until the end of the season, the chance could be there for Davies to finally prove his worth to manager Silva, as there is little doubting that the 20-year-old has genuine ability in the middle of the park.
The Englishman is supremely confident on the ball in dealing well under pressure as well as looking to move forward and pick a pass, and while he isn’t as good off the ball as Gueye, albeit very few are, he has the height and indeed the strength to improve that facet of his game – and were the opportunity to present itself to Davies, it’s one he simply has to take.
As such, while Gueye’s possible exit will likely come as bad news to Everton fans up and down the country, it could be exactly what Davies needs to finally get his career going at Goodison Park.
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