Everton supporters remain pretty buoyant in the Transfer Tavern over a week on from their team’s vital 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League, a result which put further distance between the Merseysiders and the relegation zone.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the Eagles off the back of a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Arsenal in their preceding league outing, which saw the gap between themselves and danger cut to just seven points. Yet the Toffees quashed any lingering relegation fears on Saturday as goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Oumar Niasse, and Tom Davies sealed a routine win for Allardyce’s side, with Luka Milivojevic’s late penalty proving to be nothing more than a consolation for Roy Hodgson’s well-beaten Palace.
Thus, there have been many happy Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can build upon a fine result and performance against the Eagles with another against Watford on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees fans to get their teeth into, not least the news that Idrissa Gueye has penned a new deal with the Merseyside outfit.
And securing an agreement with the talented midfielder appears to the smartest decision Everton have made in a while, as there’s little doubting that the Toffees are a better side when the Senegal international is in the middle of the park.
The 28-year-old made the move to Goodison Park back in 2016 and has since gone on to make 64 appearances for the Toffees, missing just five Premier League games last term and just three so far this time round to underline his status as an integral player in Allardyce’s squad.
The Senegalese star has the ability to break things up in the midfield – only Wilfried Ndidi has made more tackles (113) in the Premier League this season – while his reading of the game is better than most with more interceptions this term than any other Everton player.
Clearly, some stability is needed in that central midfield area given the criticism and speculation surrounding the future of Morgan Schneiderlin, as well as the injury concerns surrounding James McCarthy, and Gueye certainly gives them that on the field, and his new deal now does off it as well.
And when one looks at the business Everton conducted over the summer, not least failing to adequately replace Romelu Lukaku and instead sign three number tens, the Toffees hierarchy haven’t covered themselves in glory in the last nine months or so.
But penning Gueye down to a new deal, a player loosely linked with Arsenal last year, is a very smart move, as the midfielder has been as important to this Everton side as any other since his arrival from Aston Villa back in 2016.
In fact, securing the £16.2 million-rated ace’s (as per Transfermarkt) future at the club appears to be the smartest decision the Toffees have made in recent times.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!