Jamie Carragher has told Super Sunday on Sky Sports (broadcast on 1/12; 18:54) that he thought that Djibril Sidibe was brilliant in Everton’s defeat to Leicester City on Sunday, and admitted that he nearly gave the full-back the man of the match award.
Marco Silva’s men suffered an agonising defeat at the King Power Stadium. The Toffees had taken the lead against the Foxes and went into stoppage-time at the end of the second-half looking set to take a point away with them.
However, Kelechi Iheanacho scored a late winner for Leicester to add to the pressure on Silva. And Carragher admitted that Iheanacho’s display after coming off the bench forced him into a change of plan as he considered his man of the match.
“I actually keyed down and said Sidibe man of the match before the impact of Iheanacho near the end. I thought he was brilliant, Sidibe,” he told Super Sunday. “Even second-half as well, going forward. He seems really suited to that wing-back role really.
“He got the cross there [for the goal]. But even second-half, certainly the first 15-20 minutes, he was the one big threat for Everton going forward, putting great crosses in, just couldn’t get the numbers in the box.”
Sidibe’s form has provided Everton fans with something to be positive about during this poor run. He is certainly justifying his position ahead of Seamus Coleman. And it would be no surprise if plenty of the supporters wanted the summer signing brought in on a permanent basis at the end of his loan spell.
As Carragher notes, he was excellent going forward. He put a number of dangerous balls into the box and was probably unlucky to walk away with just one assist.
And with two assists in his last three games, he may well be one of the players that Everton look to to produce a moment of brilliance when they face Liverpool in the Merseyside derby this week.