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Is Idrissa Gueye the best holding midfielder outside the top six?

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Is Idrissa Gueye the best holding midfielder outside the top six?

Everton produced yet another example of their developing defensive resilience under Marco Silva by holding Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The Toffees were the first side to stop Maurizio Sarri’s unbeaten Blues side from scoring as they secured an impressive draw.

Silva has a reputation as a manager who improves sides from an attacking point of view but he is doing some good work in tightening up this Everton side, having invested in a host of new defenders in the summer.

That may get the attention, but Jamie Redknapp was keen to draw attention to the contribution of Idrissa Gueye sitting just in front of them.

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On Gueye, he said: “[He] is the best defensive midfielder outside the top six. He doesn’t just sit in front of the back four. He’s got great energy, wins tackles and looks to pass forward when he can. He is the unsung hero in Marco Silva’s team and Everton fans will be hoping they’ve got another Peter Reid on their hands.”

 

Is that a fair claim? Reid was on another level, in truth, but how does Gueye stack up compared to his rivals outside the top six?

Wilfried Ndidi would have something to say about it, and if either of Wolves’ sitting duo of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho can be classed as pure holders then they deserve to be in the discussion as well.

Abdoulaye Doucoure and Mario Lemina warrant a mention too, but Gueye is as good as any of them. He is perfect for Silva’s aggressive pressing and has provided a good foil for Andre Gomes in recent weeks.

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