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Marco Silva’s transfer record as Everton manager has, on the whole, been largely successful, but one newcomer is yet to get going yet.
The Portuguese manager has made improvements to the Everton squad in both defence and attack since his arrival, and he has used the funds at his disposal to add strength in depth throughout the squad.
One player the Toffees brought in over the summer who is yet to make his mark is Djibril Sidibe, after he signed on a season-long loan from Monaco on transfer deadline day.
The right-back arrived with a good pedigree, having earned 18 caps for France and made 19 appearances in the Champions League, reaching the quarter-final in 2017 and knocking out Manchester City along the way.
However, there have been notable disappointments already despite it being less than a month since he signed.
Firstly, he arrived injured and missed Everton’s first two games of the season, which is less than ideal if he was intended to be cover for Coleman, who only returned from a serious leg break earlier this year.
Things haven’t worked out on the pitch yet either, and he could struggle to dislodge the Irishman from the team. Coleman has been able to bring out the best in Richarlison, providing a base for him to venture forward into the box whilst also ensuring safety at the back, with two clean sheets in four league games so far.
Richarlison’s three goals this season show the pair have continued their effective partnership from the end of last season, and if Sidibe doesn’t get up and running soon then he could find his chances limited.
Silva handed him his debut away at Lincoln in the League Cup, and although Sincil Bank can be a tough environment to visit, a French international should really be performing better than Sidibe did.
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He was at fault for the first goal – which was conceded after a matter of seconds – and fans didn’t appear overly impressed on Twitter.
Sidibe was far from great my friend.
— Alby (@Alby44946487) August 28, 2019
Thought Sidibe was poor
— Mr Testicles (@EvertonWool) August 28, 2019
Yes apart from sidibe, caught out of position too many times but ok for a first game
— Dan⚽️ (@DanEFC6) August 28, 2019
Sidibe gave me night terrors thinking back to Martina!
— Alfie’s Squad (@AlfiesSquad) August 29, 2019
It’s clearly still early days, but it would be accurate to describe him as underwhelming so far. Everton fans and management alike could be thankful that he wasn’t signed on a permanent basis unless a big improvement is shown.