By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

17th Aug, 2022 | 10:40am

Idrissa Gana Gueye will add steel and grit to Everton midfield with transfer close

Everton are close to completing the signing of PSG midfielder and former Toffee Idrissa Gana Gueye and the deal will help the team’s midfield massively.

Gueye played for Everton between 2016 and 2019, making 108 appearances and becoming a mainstay in the club’s midfield before leaving for PSG in 2019.

However, three years after leaving the club, the 32-year-old is close to sealing a transfer back to Goodison Park. [Fabrzio Romano]

Gueye versus Everton’s Midfield

The Senegalese midfielder returning to Goodison Park is good news for the Everton faithful who have seen their team’s midfield look weak and spineless since his departure.

In the season before Gueye left, the Toffees finished in eighth place in the Premier League, conceding a goal every 1.2 games.

However, last season, the Toffees finished in 16th place and conceded 66 goals in, highlighting the team’s defensive frailties and need for reinforcements.

In Gueye, the club can regain some of the midfield strength that helped the, be as successful as they were four years ago.

With Abdoluyae Doucoure being much more of an adventurous player and Allan never really adapting to life in England, Gueye can bring Premier League experience and defensive awareness back to Frank Lampard’s midfield.

Also, the addition of Amadou Onana, whose brilliant piece of play against Aston Villa on 13 August helped create a consolation goal, combined with Gueye’s return spells good news for Everton fans.

In other Everton news, the club are pursuing Brighton’s Neal Maupay.