By Peter Lynch

26th Sep, 2023 | 1:10pm

Idrissa Gueye proves worth to Everton as top-of-the-pile Premier League statistic emerges, ahead of Rodri

Everton picked up their first win of the Premier League campaign with an impressive 3-1 win against Brentford on Saturday (23 September).

Abdoulaye Doucoure opened the scoring in West London after just six minutes, but Mathias Jensen equalled for the hosts shortly after.

However, James Tarkowski and Dominic Calvert-Lewin each netted second half goals to secure all three points for the Toffees.

One player who hasn’t grabbed the headlines but continues to impress under Sean Dyche this season is Idrissa Gueye, with the midfielder producing another top display against the Bees.

He played the entire 90 minutes in the heart of midfield, breaking down Brentford attacks with his usual business and determination.

And his importance to the club is epitomised by the fact that no other player in the Premier League this season has won possession in the midfield third more times than the Toffees ace.

As per WhoScored (24 September), not even Manchester City star Rodri (29) boasts a higher figure than Gueye (30).

In hugely contrasting weekends for the duo on an individual level, the Everton man was key as his side clinched three points, with the City ace seeing red in his club’s 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest on the same day.

Dyche will want plenty of fight and hunger from his players over the coming months, and will demand that behind the scenes, but one man that he can already rely heavily upon in this regard is Gueye.

He may, however, be handed a well-earn rest next time out as the Merseyside outfit travel to Aston Villa in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday (27 September).

In other Everton news, a BBC pundit has gushed over an “outstanding” Toffees player in their victory against Brentford.