Tottenham could be set to completely overhaul their midfield next summer, and they should start their shopping within the Premier League with Everton’s Idrissa Gueye.
Mousa Dembele is set to be out until the New Year with an ankle injury, and it could well be the last we see of the Belgian international in North London.
The popular midfielder will be out of contract next summer, and Tottenham could cash in this January to avoid losing him for nothing.
Victor Wanyama could also leave the club in search of regular playing time, so a defensive midfielder will be at the top of Mauricio Pochettino’s 2019 shopping list.
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Gueye cost Everton just £7m back in 2016, and the tough-tackling Senegalse international has put Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante to shame this season.
Since his emergence at Leicester, Kante has become known as the king of “the Makelele role”. However, Gueye’s defensive capabilities aren’t just comparable to Kante’s – they’re better.
The Everton ace is averaging a whopping 5.2 tackles and 2.5 interceptions per game this season, while Kante is boasting just 1.8 tackles and 0.8 interceptions.
Of course, this is partly down to Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea completely dominating possession, but Gueye has actually made more tackles than Kante in both of Antonio Conte’s seasons at Chelsea as well.
The Senegalese ace has improved massively on the ball since the arrival of Marco Silva at Goodison Park, currently holding an 86 per cent pass completion rate, the joint-best rate of any season in his career.
If Pochettino is seeking a midfield destroyer, with the athleticism to play his high-tempo system every week and the intelligence to pick passes once he wins the ball, then he won’t find anyone better than Gueye.
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