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Everton have announced the signing of Djibril Sidibe from Monaco, with the right-back arriving on a season-long loan from the Ligue 1 side.
Well, it had previously been reported that Marco Silva wanted a right-back to compete with Seamus Coleman, and the former Watford boss appears to have got his man after Sidibe’s arrival was announced.
The 27-year-old becomes the Toffees’ sixth signing of the summer after deals for Jonas Lossl, Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Moise Kean were also completed by Marcel Brands.
Sidibe is a World Cup winner and brings a wealth of experience to the Premier League, having earned 18 caps for France whilst playing in the Champions League with Monaco.
He will once again link up with Lucas Digne, whom he played alongside at Lille.
It was intriguing when Silva reportedly said he was after a right-back, as Mason Holgate had since returned to the club from his loan spell at West Brom.
The England Under-21 international can play either at right-back or at centre-back, but has never really nailed down a spot in either position at Goodison Park.
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Despite Sidibe’s arrival strengthening the right-back position, Everton still only have two centre-backs in Yerry Mina and Michael Keane, with no other senior figures in that area at the club after Phil Jagielka and Kurt Zouma left.
As a result of this, it could easily be argued that the Merseysiders see Holgate as a centre-back for the upcoming season given the fact that he is now third choice in the pecking order at right-back behind Sidibe and Coleman.
He looks set to remain at the club right now, and with it looking extremely unlikely for him to get game time at right-back, the 22-year-old may be spending the 2019/20 campaign as a central defender in Silva’s eyes.