According to reports in France, Djibril Sidibe is set for an Everton move. Sidibe will swap Monaco for Everton before Thursday’s deadline and join Marco Silva’s squad, L’Equipe reports.
Sidibe plays at right-back and he will arrive to compete with Seamus Coleman at Goodison Park. And the France international could emulate the success of Lucas Digne, who enjoyed a stunning first season with the Merseyside club after joining from Barcelona last summer.
Here are three reasons why Sidibe can follow in the footsteps of Digne and become a success at Everton.
Like Digne, Sidibe is a modern-day full-back, who can also operate at wing-back. In 114 games for Monaco, he has scored six goals and provided an impressive 21 assists.
Last season, Digne was up and down the left flank, weighing in with goals, assists and causing a constant threat. With Sidibe on the other flank, Everton will be a dangerous offensive unit.
Goalscorers in the attack
With the arrival of Moise Kean and the potential addition of Wilfried Zaha, Everton will not be short of attacking options. This means Sidibe will only continue to improve with his attacking play.
The likes of Kean, Bernard, Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Theo Walcott, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun will all be there to link up with Sidibe going forward. This makes Everton a constant threat to opposition defences.
Master and the apprentice
Digne was brought in as the long-term replacement for Leighton Baines. He has spent one year ahead of Baines in the pecking order with the veteran Englishman acting as cover.
Sidibe’s arrival represents a similar arrangement. The 27-year-old is the long-term successor for Seamus Coleman. But for the first year at least, they will share the right-back duties.