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Idrissa Gueye and Badou Ndiaye. Both are central midfielders. They are also both Senegal internationals.
But could they soon become teammates?
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It was with the Turkish giants where the 28-year-old spent the entirety of last season on loan, and judging by his statistics on WhoScored, there are some similarities with Gueye other than just their position and their nationality.
Both appear to be industrial midfielders who enjoy disrupting the opposition – Ndiaye’s 2.6 tackles per game reinforces this point, as does Gueye’s average of 4.3. Their fouls per game averages of 1.4 and 1.6 respectively also suggests that they enjoy breaking up play.
However, whilst the pair are similar in that regard as well as their physical attributes, Ndiaye could offer Marco Silva a more adventurous midfield option if he arrived at Goodison Park.
The Senegal star seems to be a more forward-thinking player to Gueye, and could be a useful option for the Toffees if they wanted to start with two solid defensive midfielders but also have some form of goal threat out of the pairing.
Ndiaye takes 1.4 shots per game, which is more than double Gueye’s average of 0.6, whereas his three goals and three assists from last term compared to the former Aston Villa man’s zero goals and two assists does bolster the fact that the Stoke ace prefers to push on.
Currently, Silva has something good going on in midfield with Andre Gomes and Idrissa Gueye complementing each other well in there – it is a partnership that proved last season to be an effective one given their contrasting abilities.
However, for games which require a bit more physicality and brute, Ndiaye can offer Silva something a bit different.