Battered and bruised but still alive. Everton came away from a physical encounter with the Premier League’s bottom side Huddersfield Town with the win, but the Blues had to work hard for the points after Lucas Digne’s red card early in the second half.
Richarlison got the only goal of the game just three minutes in and though the Toffees had to endure a siege late on, they looked in control for the most part while both sides were even-strength.
Waves of rumours had gone rippling through even before the game though when Idrissa Gueye was not named in today’s matchday squad of eighteen. Word had been going around that a second PSG bid was imminent or had been made already, depending on who you asked.
Speaking after the game, manager Marco Silva confirmed that Gana only missed out today due to a minor injury and wasn’t held out because of an imminent transfer.
“There’s nothing new. I tried to be honest with you and our fans. He had a minor problem in his groin. There have been no new offers.”
Even before the game Sky Sports reported that two new suitors had suddenly popped up for Gueye - Arsenal and Manchester United. The Gunners have long eyed the midfielder from when Arsene Wenger was in charge while the Red Devils are looking around to replace former Evertonian Marouane Fellaini who left the club for China.
Sky had previously claimed that Gueye had put in a written transfer request, a claim later disputed by the club.