Everton’s disappointing results against both Bournemouth and Sheffield United in their last two Premier League outings sandwiched a Champions League gameweek. Whilst Everton were left licking their wounds on two occasions, a player they sold in the summer was winning new admirers around Europe.
Idrissa Gana Gueye was man-of-the-match as Paris Saint-Germain defeated Real Madrid 3-0 in midweek. The Senegalese star dominated the midfield and provided an assist for Angel Di Maria as the French side completed an eye-catching win.
His absence has clearly been keenly felt and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp pointed out as much this week. Writing in his Daily Mail column he highlighted the importance of Gueye last season and just how much Everton are missing him.
“No player in the Premier League made more tackles than Idrissa Gueye’s 142 last season.
“I look at Everton now and can see how much they are missing the defensive midfielder who joined PSG for £30m in the summer. The fans at Goodison Park are passionate and want to see good performances. Saturday was not that.”
There is no doubt that Gueye is missed at Everton. Jean-Philippe Gbamin, signed as his replacement from Mainz, is currently out injured which has also accentuated the impact of his exit.
Fabian Delph, Morgan Schneiderlin and Andre Gomes have all struggled to find consistent form in the heart of Everton’s midfield, with the weekend display against Sheffield United particularly insipid.
Everton felt that, at his age, it was best to cash in on Gueye and allow him to amicably make a dream to move to Paris. However, it is certainly proving a difficult break-up for Silva’s men so far.