Everton star Idrissa Gueye has endured a tricky start to 2023/24, though journalist Paul Brown have revealed why he still has an ‘important role to play’ for Toffees boss Sean Dyche, while speaking to GIVEMESPORT.
Dyche’s side have seen an upturn in performance and results as of late, having won six of their last nine outings across all competitions. Gueye, on the other hand, has been used sporadically in that sequence, despite being a regular in Dyche’s two-man central midfielder partnership in the early embers of the campaign.
Gueye may struggle to dislodge Onana and Garner
The Senegal mainstay returned to Goodison Park from Paris Saint-Germain for an undisclosed fee, per Sky Sports, after amassing 111 appearances for the French powerhouse. Upon his return, the midfielder featured in every Premier League game possible but has found game time in 2023/24 much harder to come by.
Gueye, now at the ripe age of 34, has to contend with the likes of Amadou Onana and James Garner, a pairing that Dyche has typically opted for in recent weeks. The aforementioned duo has been a key component of the turnaround witnessed in Merseyside and Dyche has no reason to rotate, unless injuries or unavailability becomes an issue.
That said, Brown recently told GIVEMESPORT that Gueye is still at an ‘elite level’ and is adept at performing what Dyche requires him to do, which includes breaking up the play, intercepting the ball and making tackles.
|Everton – James Garner, Amadou Onana, and Idrissa Gueye – 2023/24 Premier League stats
|Tackles per game
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|All statistics per WhoScored
Of course, he cannot expect to start every game with Dyche looking to condition Onana and Garner to the all-intense style of the English topflight. The seasoned veteran still produces when the opportunity presents itself and is able to complement his midfield partners, whose roles involve aiding Everton’s attack. Gueye, however, is solely utilised for his defensive traits, given he has scored a mere five goals and notched a further six assists in his 154-game Everton career.
Paul Brown update – Idrissa Gueye
Brown believes that Gueye, who pockets £80,000-a-week at his current employers, will have a ‘very important’ role to play this season under Dyche’s watch. Able to slot into the side with ease, despite his lack of minutes, the journalist insisted that he can still perform at a high level when called upon. On Gueye’s current situation, Brown also reiterated that, despite him not starting every game, his contribution from the bench will be ‘huge’ for Dyche and his backroom staff. Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, he said…
“I think he’s going to be very important this season. I said before I think that he’s the kind of experienced professional who is going to be able to slot into the team quite seamlessly if he’s missed a game or been rested and will still produce at a high level. I just think he’s someone who doesn’t need a consistent run of games to maintain his form. He’s used to this kind of thing, and I think he’s got an important role to play because he might not start every game at his age. And that seems like a smart decision really from the manager. But I think when he plays, he’ll be able to contribute and that’s huge for Sean Dyche.”
Serie A duo set to rival Everton for £25m forward
Much was made of Everton’s pursual of Wilfried Gnonto, who pockets £20,000-a-week, in the summer after they saw four bids rejected for the Italian’s signature. The 20-year-old wide man, however, stayed put at Leeds United and has been limited to 484 minutes during their 2023/24 Championship season, which has led to further clamour over his future.
Journalist Ben Jacobs recently told GIVEMESPORT that Gnonto – valued at £25m by Farke and Co. – has moulded into the ‘model professional’ following his apology to Daniel Farke for handing in a transfer request all while Everton were circling. Now, January may be the perfect time for Dyche to re-invest his time and money into finally securing the switch.
Luckily for those of a Goodison Park persuasion, Football Insider report that his current employers would be willing to part ways should the ‘right offer’ arrive in their inbox in January. To seal the deal, however, the Merseyside-based outfit may have to fend off the likes of Lazio and Roma, who are also showing concrete interest, as reported by TEAMtalk.
The report does suggest that the youngster is keen to ply his trade in the Premier League, with sources close to the player believing that a winter transfer window move is certainly on the cards. That said, the former Inter Milan prospect would also consider a return to Italy, on the premise that European football was guaranteed.