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…
So, it looks as if Idrissa Gueye has finally got his wish as a move to Paris Saint-Germain nears completion.
The Senegal international will now have a medical with the French champions.
As a result, the Toffees’ search for a replacement must move up a gear.
If various reports are to be believed, Everton have identified Mainz 05’s Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Toulouse midfielder Ibrahim Sangare as potential replacements – another name you may know in Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko has also been linked.
Whilst you may wonder how good the Frenchman actually is after being shipped out on loan by the Blues last term, he would definitely offer the Toffees something a little different to Gueye.
As you can see from the stats above, Gueye is the better ball winner by a considerable margin in terms of winning it with his feet. He averages 4.3 tackles per game compared to Bakayoko’s 2.3, and also completes 0.6 more interceptions on average.
However, the 24-year-old Chelsea midfielder is far better in the air – winning more than twice the amount of aerial duels as the Everton man he could end up replacing.
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Marco Silva opted to play with Andre Gomes and Gueye in a midfield two for most of last term, so any replacement for the former Aston Villa man is likely to play alongside the Portugal international.
If that is to be the case, the 6 foot 2 France international would provide the Toffees with some real steely physical presence next to the more slender Gomes, but would help Silva’s side perform better against teams who look to use their aerial presence and play off knock downs.
As good as Gueye is, he can never help out in this way against huge opponents as a result of his 5 foot 9 frame.
And that difference in both players could become most prevalent at set pieces. Everton conceded the most goals of any Premier League club in such situations last season, 16, but Bakayoko can provide that extra layer of protection to reduce what became a fundamental weakness for Silva’s side.