Paris Saint-Germain signed one of the Premier League’s best holding midfielders in Idrissa Gueye. The Senegal international moved to the French Champions for 32 Million Euros after three years at Everton. As a result, Everton’s odds to make the European places this season have changed massively over at Casino Bonus as their team is undoubtedly weaker due to the sale.
The energetic, ball-winning midfielder is adept at making well-timed tackles and interceptions.
With 4.3 tackles (142) and 2.2 interceptions (75) per game last season, Gueye clearly loves to win the ball back.
He also had the highest number of successful tackles and interceptions across Europe’s top five leagues in the 2016 calendar year.
Everton’s joint player’s player of the year is at the peak of his game and was part of the Senegal team that got to the AFCON final. It is a dream move for him and represents a return to French football at the highest level.
At the Africa Cup of Nations, he was a key cog in Senegal’s run to the final where they came up short against Algeria. Gueye won 57% of his duels and registered 1.8 tackles (54.5%) and 0.7 interceptions per game. He also contributed offensively with a goal and an assist as well as creating one chance per game.
Paris Saint-Germain finally replace club legend Thiago Motta with the acquisition of Gueye; alongside Marco Verratti’s elegance and Ander Herrera’s technical quality, the Parisiens have a very solid midfield.
The defence would also benefit greatly from Gueye’s presence; with protection assured for the likes of Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe and ageing captain Thiago Silva in central defence.
Their Champions League assault looks well and truly alive if they can keep their best players together or, put another way, find a way to keep Neymar firing on top form.
Having that balance from midfield would inspire the attack-minded superstars to perform having the assurance of Gueye’s ball-winning quality when under pressure
Gueye would also plug squad weaknesses such as protecting a lead and defending against counter-attacks; which were exploited in the Champions League last season.
His main motivation for joining PSG was a desire for trophies as well as Champions League football which would come in abundance. If he plays at the level at which he did in the Premier League, he could be the missing piece in their Champions League quest.
It’s taken a long road to success for the Dakar-born man, with the transfer to PSG, he can finally reap the rewards his quality deserves.
Ironically, this modest deal might just be the final piece in Paris Saint-Germain’s jigsaw.