By Dominic Toner

Idrissa Gueye has refused to compare himself to Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.

Everton have enjoyed an unbeaten league start and summer signing Gueye has been crucial to their success.

Gueye, 26, has been the perfect shield in front of the defence and impressed under Ronald Koeman.

The midfielder joined moved to Goodison Park from Aston Villa in the summer and has established himself as a crucial player already at Everton.

Gueye’s style of play has drawn many comparisons with French midfielder Kante, who played a crucial role in Leicester’s unlikely Premier League title last season.

Gueye told Sky Sports that he “does not compare himself” with Kante and is his own player.

“In the summer I signed here and I am on my own journey,” he told Sky Sports. “I am very happy to be here, the club have extended a very warm welcome and so have the players.

“I feel pretty good, I am fit, I put a lot of work in during training to be ready for the weekend so it’s going very well. Things are going very well for the club and for me on and off the pitch. Long may it continue.”

The Senegal international has now appeared in every one of the club’s matches this campaign and is a senior member of the squad.

He tasted his first defeat in an Everton shirt mid-week, as the Toffees were eliminated from the EFL Cup third-round by Norwich.

In other Everton news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted the game league meeting against Bournemouth and slammed Koeman’s selection blunders.