The Senegalese midfielder was a dominant force everywhere on the pitch yesterday as his activity map below can testify.
Idrissa Gueye’s game by numbers vs. Sunderland:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 25, 2017
87% pass accuracy
4 tackles won
For long parts of the first half of the season while Ronald Koeman’s Everton side found their feet and were working out their formations and tactics, Gueye was the team’s best player on the pitch. In fact, he was Man of the Match in seven games and a close second in three others out of nineteen total games.
It was interesting that the Blues did not notice a drop-off in performance after his departure for the Africa Cup of Nations, but that was primarily because of the emergence of Tom Davies and the signing of Morgan Schneiderlin. Koeman then insisted on giving him ample rest after returning from the tournament, and he seemed to have dropped off the fans’ radar a bit.
But that dominant return to form yesterday along with his growing partnership with Schneiderlin portends well for their Everton future.
Despite his stellar performances this season though, Gueye gets much less publicity than other higher profile players in the same positions - N’Golo Kante, Ander Herrera, Victor Wanyama and Jordan Henderson.
In fact, he’s also become the first player to register one hundred successful tackles this season in the top five Leagues across Europe. That achievement is magnified even more when you consider he missed a month while away on national duty.
Idrissa Gueye becomes the first player in Europe's top five leagues to win 100 tackles this season - even after missing 6 weeks for Everton— Richard Buxton (@RichardBuxton_) February 25, 2017