This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
The future of Idrissa Gueye is beginning to dominate the headlines for Everton with just 15 days of the transfer window remaining, and it is safe to say that nobody knows where the midfielder will end up come the start of the 2019/20 campaign.
Paris Saint-Germain have reignited their interest from January, and are reportedly readying a offer worth £40m in total to lure the Senegal international to the Parc des Princes.
After the former Aston Villa man handed in a transfer request back in January, the Toffees should probably have seen this coming – however, they do appear to have identified a potential candidate to replace the 29-year-old.
Ibrahim Sangare. The dominant Toulouse midfielder has been linked with a move to Goodison Park, and judging by the statistics, there is a case to be made for the Ivorian having a higher ceiling than Everton’s No.17.
As you can see, the 21-year-old Toulouse man recorded some pretty impressive numbers in Ligue 1 last term.
It would be harsh to compare him directly with a man eight years older than him, so we took Gueye’s figures from the 2010/11 campaign when he was the same age as Sangare to weigh up just how good he could be.
The stats don’t lie. When Gueye was the same age as Sangare, his numbers were notably worse than the 6 foot 3 powerhouse’s from the 2018/19 campaign.
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Given how good Gueye is nowadays – the interest from PSG serves to prove that he is doing fairly well right now to say the least – it is particularly intriguing to see that Sangare was performing better than he was at the same age.
Who knows how good Sangare will be when he turns 29?
Of course, a lot of this is hypothetical, but it can still be concretely argued that Everton would be getting a player who has considerably more potential than Gueye did at the same age.