Everton boss hints at January plans amid key absence

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has revealed he may consider signing a replacement for midfielder Idrissa Gueye in the January transfer market, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Though his summer arrival on Merseyside went largely under the radar over the course of the summer, the former Aston Villa man has played a huge role in the Toffees’ unbeaten start under the Dutch coach.

Partnering Gareth Barry in central midfield, the Senegalese has afforded the side added urgency, emerging as an N’Golo Kante like presence in their engine room.

Thanks to stats sourced from WhoScored, the 26-year-old’s importance has been further underlined, making on average 6.2 tackles per 90 minutes.

So, his likely leaving to link up with the Senegalese national side for the African Cup of Nations during the winter is likely to come as a blow for those at Goodison Park.

With that in mind, the former Southampton manager has hinted he could well look for a replacement once the window reopens.

“If I get some midfielders back from injury then of course we can deal with it,” he said.

“If not, we need to sign another midfield player. But that is an issue for January.”

Everton have been backed with big funds in recent months, with Koeman ready to splash the cash even further.