According to Foot Mercato reporter Sebastien Denis, Idrissa Gueye is “reluctant” to join Everton this summer.
Denis tweeted on Tuesday afternoon:
“Despite Onana’s arrival, Everton are still hot on Idrissa Gana Gueye. But the midfielder of PSG is reluctant to say yes to his former club and still wants to give himself time to make the right decision.”
There is no doubt that Frank Lampard will want to start deploying the best team possible to ensure Everton don’t quickly fall short of points in the Premier League over the next few weeks, so the manager should be frustrated with the latest setback regarding Gueye.
After confirming both Amadou Onana and Conor Coady in the last 48 hours, it is clear that Lampard is keen to get his business done swiftly in order to start focusing on the style of play that will suit the Toffees best over the season ahead of them, especially after losing their first game of the season to Chelsea at Goodison Park last weekend.
It wasn’t the most inspiring display from Everton, with sloppy mistakes yet again costing the team when Abdoulaye Doucoure committed a foul in the box on Ben Chilwell, giving a penalty to their guests that also gave them their winning goal in their 1-0 victory.
As a result, the addition of an experienced midfielder who can not only provide some quality but also stability in the centre of the pitch could be just what the team needs to improve their chances of picking up points this season.
Ball control and tackling are some of the leading strengths in Gueye’s performances for Paris Saint-Germain and it’s not hard to see why when you look at his statistics over last season alone for the Ligue One champions.
Over 26 league appearances, the £8.4m talent tallied up a pass completion rate of 93%, taking 63.2 touches and winning four duels per game whilst successfully completing the large majority of his dribbles (71%), proving that Gueye is more than capable of looking after the ball as well as distributing it effectively too.
The 32-year-old Senegalese midfielder’s hard work didn’t go unnoticed either with Mauricio Pochettino lavishing praise on Gueye hailing him “important” to the team after a goal-scoring performance against Clermont last season:
“He [Gueye] is an important player in the balance he gives the team, he also scores goals now.”
With that being said, the powers at Goodison Park will need to work harder to convince Gueye that he can be the protagonist in midfield to deliver the missing piece Everton need to comfortably compete in the Premier League this season.