Everton added defender Djibril Sidibe to their squad this summer, but it looks like he may have to be patient at Goodison Park to make his impression.
The 27-year-old moved to the Toffees late in the summer transfer window on loan from Monaco and the Premier League team have an option to buy at the end of the season (BBC).
He is a highly-rated right-back that has joined Marco Silva’s squad to provide competition for Seamus Coleman in the full-back area.
Sidibe played a key role in the Monaco team that won the 2016/17 Ligue 1 title and he has 18 senior caps for World Cup champions France too.
He was not in the match day squad for the Merseyside club on the opening day of the league season as he gets up to full speed, with his new team drawing 0-0 with Crystal Palace.
The Frenchman will be hoping to make a sizeable impact at Everton, but will need to bide his time.
Coleman performed well for the Toffees against Palace and appears to have rediscovered some decent form.
The 30-year-old is a senior member of the group and it looks unlikely that Silva will leave him out anytime soon, especially as he’s named him the successor to Phil Jagielka as club captain.
Sidibe will provide excellent competition for a starting position and perhaps has the edge offensively, but right now the shirt belongs to Coleman.
Sidibe should be eyeing the Carabao Cup second round clash with Lincoln City later in August to get his first shot and it’s then about forcing his way into the league XI.