Propose the idea that Everton would be willing to sell Idrissa Gana Gueye to Paris Saint Germain this month and you will be met with derision.
When ranking Everton’s best players in recent years the Senegal player is a regular at the top. He remains one of few success stories from the short reign of former Director of Football Steve Walsh.
Even last season, when the Blues were one of the worst sides in the Premier League, Gueye came out with his head held high. That is a status few of his teammates can claim. This season under Marco Silva he has flourished once again. The Portuguese manager’s progressive, forward-thinking system has afforded Gueye a key role. Continue reading
Like most clubs in the Premier League, Everton will be keen to get work done in the January transfer window.
While manager Marco Silva and Director of Football Marcel Brands have indicated that the Blues won’t be busy that is unlikely to be the reality. Both know that stating their intentions openly is a foolish move. Indeed, it was a pitfall the previous regime fell into and ended up suffering because of.
They also know, however, that this is a squad that remains in transition and needs several areas addressing before it is capable of achieving anywhere near their goals.
That makes it likely Brands and his team will be working hard behind the scenes to improve Everton’s squad this month. Continue reading
Modern football has dictated that all new managers receive a free shot in his first year. The phrase ‘transition season’ has become the norm. That is very much the situation for Everton and Marco Silva.
With a new Director of Football clearing the decks and rebuilding the squad, Silva instilling a new style and attempting to clear the malaise of the last two managers, there was always going to be bumps in the road.
The club will have set targets, likely focused on a return to Europe, but will know that time and patience are necessary this season. Evertonians are also willing to bide their time before making conclusions. Continue reading