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Why This Midfielder Could Be Exactly What Everton Need To Kickstart Their New Era

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

Everton have been linked to quite a number of players across Europe, and Aston Villa’s Idrissa Gueye is believed to be the latest one to fall under their radar. The Toffees are in the process of rebuilding themselves under the managerial onus of Ronald Koeman and reportedly, they are serious contenders to lure Gueye to their side who should fancy a move away from the downtrodden and relegated Aston Villa side. To pen down the view whether Koeman should go all guns blazing to get his man, we present you a brief SWOT Analysis of Everton’s transfer target Idrissa Gueye.


Gueye was the silver lining in the disastrous campaign Aston Villa suffered last season. The Senegal international, who was signed by the Villains last summer, was left with condolences after his efforts throughout the campaign went down the drain. Dynamic, enthusiastic, lightening quick, he is a technically sound midfielder who breaks up the setup of the opposition and also chips forward to offensively make his presence count. Compared to the former Leicester dynamo N’Golo Kanté, the 26-year-old made 4.1 tackles, 4 interceptions and 0.9 blocks per game last season in the top flight and also created as many as 28 chances for Aston Villa which makes Koeman’s interest in making Gueye put his pen to paper thoroughly justifiable.


Though very sound defensively, Gueye isn’t too astonishing when he operates in an advanced role. He isn’t very prolific in finding the productive passes, has bluntness in his shooting more often than not, finds finding spaces a bit troublesome and is erratic when he is put against big sides. Besides, his knack of passing the ball sideways is something he needs to get over very soon. Every player comes with a set of limitations, and talking of Gueye, they are very few and very marginal though there is always a chance to excel oneself to batter the fellow tradesmen.


With Gueye, Everton will be able to create an impetus which will provide a key factor to pull them up from stagnation and mediocrity. He is a really solid soldier in front of the back four, and his latest inclination towards playing a bit more advanced role with hand the Dutchman a very galvanising prospect of making full implementation of his versatility. He was the damage minimiser and covered every blade of the grass with an appraisable commitment. The ever confident Midlands’ employee uniting with Koeman does leave evocative images of the duo on how well they could excel if devised together.


To deal with the pressure of being consistent at a much more demanding club would send a shiver down the spine. Further, should the deal materialise, Everton shall miss him owing to his national commitments with Senegal in the African Cup of Nationals at the start of next year which may eventually turn out to be a massive blow to the Blues.

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