The Chalkboard: Marco Silva’s tactical tweak proves Everton can cope without Gueye

Everton could be set to lose Idrissa Gueye in the next 24 hours, but it will not be a total disaster for the Toffees if the Senegalese international does depart.

What’s the word?

According to Yahoo Sport France, Everton have accepted a bid from PSG for Gueye.

The report from France claims the Toffees will bank a cool £26m from the player they signed for just £7m (Transfermarkt) back in 2016.

The clubs are reportedly disagreeing over the structure of the deal, but it looks increasingly likely that the midfielder will leave Goodison Park this month.

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On the chalkboard

While this may have felt like a major casualty not too long ago, Marco Silva has already found a short-term solution.

Gueye has often been the only Everton midfielder that you would consider to be a combative, battling player, capable of harassing the opposition, breaking up play and springing counter attacks.

The boss opted for a slight change in system in Tuesday’s 1-0 win at Huddersfield though, deploying Andre Gomes slightly deeper than usual with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Tom Davies just ahead of him in a 4-1-4-1 formation, as opposed to his usual 4-2-3-1.

This seems to have got the best out of Davies in particular, who put in what was no doubt his best shift of the season at the John Smith’s Stadium.

A new dawn for Davies?

The 20 year-old has looked lost throughout most of this campaign, but with two hard-working and more importantly extremely technically gifted players (something Gueye simply isn’t) alongside him, he was free to have the box-to-box impact that wowed fans when he first broke into the senior side.

Per Whoscored, Davis completed 88 per cent of his passes at Huddersfield, registered one shot, created one chance, completed one dribble, all the while pitching in at the other end with three tackles and four interceptions.

Davies put in the perfect midfielder’s display, and it was all thanks to Silva’s tactical tweak.

So what does it all mean? Well, it means that Toffees’ fans shouldn’t fear the departure of Gueye, presuming they replace him in the summer, as Silva has proven he is flexible enough to succeed without his only natural defensive midfielder.

So, Everton fans, how impressed were you by Davies on Tuesday? Will he flourish if Gueye leaves? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below…