According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, Idrissa Gueye is indeed hoping to leave Everton for Paris Saint-Germain this month. The 29-year-old made the move to Goodison Park back in the summer of 2016 and has since become a vital member of the squad on Merseyside, to the point that Thomas Tuchel’s French giants have expressed an interest in his services during the January window.
And while a £21.5 million bid has been rejected by the Toffees (as per The Daily Mail), Gueye himself is reportedly (as per The Daily Mail) seeking to leave Everton this month in a bid to join the Ligue 1 champions.
And with manager Marco Silva already under pressure after a poor run of results recently, it could be game over for the Portuguese boss were his side to indeed sanction the 29-year-old’s exit this month.
Ultimately, the arrival of the 41-year-old during the summer was met with much optimism and anticipation after the testing reign of Sam Allardyce last season, with Silva seen as the progressive, young manager the club needed to set themselves up for future success.
And while things started reasonably well for the ex-Watford and Hull City chief, things have gone downhill fast recently with just two wins and two draws in their last ten Premier League games, while a 3-2 defeat to Millwall in the FA Cup at the weekend has hardly helped his cause.
Thus, Silva appears up against it in terms of turning things around at Goodison Park, defeat tonight at Huddersfield Town is simply unthinkable, and things would be made a whole lot more difficult, perhaps too difficult, were the club to sell Gueye this month.
The 29-year-old has become a mainstay in the Everton first team ever since swapping Villa Park for Goodison Park two-and-a-half years ago, with the midfielder since then appearing 94 times for the Toffees, 86 of which coming in their last 99 Premier League matches.
And were the club to indeed cash in on the Senegal international this month, it would leave a huge void in the heart of the Everton midfield, as there is little doubting that Gueye is the main man in the central midfield department at Goodison Park.
There are few better midfielders in the division than the 29-year-old in terms of off the ball skills in making key tackles, blocks, and interceptions, with his overall reading of the game second-to-none, while he has also greatly improved on the ball this time round to suggest that he is beginning to become the all round Premier League midfielder.
And while Andre Gomes’ arrival on loan from Barcelona has given Silva the ideal man to play alongside Gueye, the latter remains the constant in that area of the pitch – quite simply, the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies, and James McCarthy haven’t done enough to dislodge Gueye, or prove that they can deputise as effectively were he to leave.
And were the latter eventuality to indeed play out, Silva could be in serious trouble – not only are things not going particularly well at present, but losing the number one choice central midfielder is hardly going to help his cause.
In fact, sanctioning Gueye’s exit this month could prompt the beginning of the end for Silva at Everton.
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