Three Everton players who need to step up in Gueye’s absence

Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye has quickly proven that he was one of the best Premier League signings of the summer with some brilliant performances in the centre of the park for the Toffees this season.

In fact, according to our friends over at Squawka, the Senegal international was the top-rated defensive midfielder in all of Europe’s top five leagues in 2016 during a spell with Aston Villa last term and now the Merseyside outfit this.

The 27-year-old made a total of 176 tackles and 124 interceptions over the course of the calendar year and those impressive stats make it even more of a blow for manager Ronald Koeman and the club’s supporters that one of their key men has jetted off to represent his country at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Dutchman is on the verge of adding Manchester United’s Morgan Schneiderlin to his squad with a deal having been agreed with the Red Devils, but despite this, some of his team-mates will need to fill the gap Gueye has left until he returns from Gabon.

Here are THREE Everton players that must step up in Gueye’s absence…