This summer Everton allowed Idrissa Gana Gueye to join Paris Saint-Germain after months of interest in the Senegalese star. It was a reluctant transfer. However, given his age and the reported (The Guardian) £29 million price-tag Everton likely felt they were doing good business. Unfortunately for Everton, it has since emerged that Gueye was clearly priceless.
The midfielder has since gone on to thrive with the Ligue 1 giants and this week will hope to help PSG defeat Real Madrid in the Champions League yet again.
Speaking to the PSG website this weekend, Gueye was asked whether it was games like that made him decide to push for his Parisian move. He gave a typically modest answer:
“I joined Paris to contribute what I can and continue improving by trying to be useful to the club.
“Regardless of the game, against Real or smaller teams, with all due respect to them, it’s the same for us. We always try to prepare games in the best possible way. Sometimes it works, sometimes not, but we always try to win every game.”
Everton have struggled immensely so far this season and it cannot be underestimated just how much Gueye’s absence has contributed to that.
His potential replacements, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, have had injury troubles which have clearly impacted the team. However, Morgan Schneiderlin has been dire this term and Everton are lacking any real bite or determination in the heart of midfield other than from Tom Davies.
At the time, from a business standpoint, selling Gueye made sense. In hindsight, it might have been a big error from the Toffees.