By George Overhill

22nd Nov, 2022 | 3:10pm

Chris Sutton and Ally McCoist impressed by Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye in losing effort for Senegal

Idrissa Gueye was “really good” with his control as the Everton midfielder went close to scoring at the World Cup, according to Chris Sutton.

The Toffees’ Senegalese international played the full 90 minutes for his country as they ultimately were beaten 2-0 by a Netherlands side featuring short-lived former Blues midfielder Davey Klaasen on Monday (21 November).

With the game still goalless in the 73rd minute Gueye went close when he received a cut back from Ismaila Sarr on the edge of the box and smashed it towards goal “too well” in the words of Ally McCoist, but was kept out Andries Noppert before the flag went up for a player in his eyeline, but Sutton loved the control.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s coverage of the match, via the BBC Sport live-blog, he said: “Idrissa Gueye takes a take a really good first touch and hammers the ball. My first impression was that Noppert made a great save but he makes a bit of a meal of it, it’s a save he should be making.

“Gueye went for power but all the same, important for Noppert to keep it out of the Dutch goal.”

On the live ITV match coverage (2hr 15min 50sec) McCoist said: “Idrissa Gueye, if anything, I think he hits it too well.”

Rough ending

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had a poor game and should have done better for the two late Dutch goals, leaving Gueye on the losing side.

The 33-year-old’s form has been inconsistent once his long-expected return from Paris Saint-Germain was eventually concluded on transfer deadline day.

He has shown signs of his undoubted quality, as he did in Qatar, but has been caught out for some key errors that have led to opposition goals.

While Toffees fans will obviously enjoy seeing any Everton players be successful at the World Cup, Frank Lampard might not be too unhappy if Gueye returns from the Middle East sooner rather than later.

He missed out on a preseason entirely and could probably do with some rest and the opportunity to train with his club side to make up for that.

The Goodison manager needs everything working in his favour to lift things when the club returns to action, having seen his players produce some very poor performances on the way into the break.