Everton defender Djibril Sidibe has been discussing his time at Goodison Park so far and how he had to wait for his chance in the first-team. Signed on loan from Monaco, the full-back initially had to watch from the bench with captain Seamus Coleman in his slot. However, speaking to L’Est Eclair this weekend he explained how the example of a Liverpool rival helped him be patient for his opportunity.
“It’s up to you to show the boss that you deserve to play. In my place was the captain of the team. It’s not easy to dislodge him.
“Last year, Lucas Digne experienced the same integration. For a month and a half, while he was coming from Barcelona, he did not play. He had to wait. And when an opportunity arose he played. And never left the group again.
“Fabinho, in Liverpool, it was even more difficult, much longer. He hardly played in the first season. Today, he is indisputable.”
Of course, it is never comfortable to see a Liverpool player being praised by an Evertonian, but fans at Goodison can undoubtedly appreciate why Fabinho would be such a role model for a steady transition.
The Brazilian, who is a former team-mate of Sidibe’s at Monaco, struggled initially to get game time at Anfield.
Fabinho arrived last summer for a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of an initial £39 million from Monaco.
However, he was not an instant hit. The Brazilian did not make a Premier League appearance until October.
Now he is undroppable in the heart of Liverpool’s midfield and proving a star player in the club’s hopes of winning the Premier League title.
Sidibe has stepped up after Coleman’s poor run of form and can hopefully continue to improve in a similar manner to his old team-mate now across Stanley Park.
If so, Everton will surely be tempted to activate that buy-out clause to make his stay permanent.