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…
With just a couple of days remaining until the transfer deadline, Everton look to have identified a right-back to provide competition to Seamus Coleman.
Marco Silva wanted to sign another face to bolster the right hand side of defence, a position that was weakened by the departure of Jonjoe Kenny to Schalke, and Monaco right-back Djibril Sidibe looks to be well in the Toffees’ sights.
The France international, who has 18 caps for his country, looks set to sign for the Merseysiders initially on a one-year loan deal at a cost of €2.5m (£2.3m) – Everton have an option to make the deal permanent for a sum of €14m (£12.9m).
The 27-year-old will compete with Coleman for a starting role, so let’s take a look at how the duo compare up against each other.
As you can see by the selected stats, Sidibe looks to be a better option than the Irishman.
In addition to the figures above, the Monaco man registers 0.7 shots per game compared to Coleman’s 0.5, whilst he also gets fouled 1.2 times per game on average – Everton’s No.23, in comparison, suffers 0.7 fouls per game.
Those stats suggest that Sidibe – who registered two assists last term – is the better attacking outlet, which is vital for a full-back in this day and age.
Furthermore, Sidibe can also play on the right of midfield, bolstering his attacking credentials even more.
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As we’ve seen evidenced with Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool, two marauding full-backs can have a huge impact on a side’s success in the modern day.
As good as Digne was last term, Coleman wasn’t up to a similar standard and that meant Silva’s system suffered, with the majority of danger to the opposition coming down the left, so they knew where to focus their defensive efforts.
Sidibe’s arrival would contrast what Coleman offers and his attacking talents would complement Digne’s tendency to get forward well – the two French full-backs could become Everton’s answer to Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.