By Amir Mir
Everton’s new signing Idrissa Gueye made the same number of tackles as the entire Tottenham five-man midfield in Saturday’s Premier League opener.
Ronald Koeman’s men drew the match 1-1 at Goodison Park and Gueye stood out on his debut with a a display that demonstrated why Everton activated his £7.1million release clause to sign him from Aston Villa this summer.
Despite suffering relegation last season with his old side, the 26-year-old stood out for his incredible individual statistics, and this was again the case against Spurs.
Gueye made eight tackles throughout the game against Spurs, the same amount as Victor Wanyama, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Eric Dier combined, as compiled by football stats site Who Scored.
In particular he outshone the Tottenham central midfield duo, with Dier making two tackles and new signing Wanyama just one.
Dier played 56 minutes at Goodison Park making two clearances, as his teammate Wanyama and opposite number Gueye made the same amount in 90 minutes.
Gueye and Wanyama were making their debuts for their respected sides as they made two interceptions each during the game as they shared the spoils in a lively encounter in Merseyside.
The trio of Wanyama, Dier and Gueye all had impressive individual 2015-16 campaigns.
The Kenya interntional finished a respectable eighth with his former side Southampton as they conceded 41 goals.
Dier ended in a Champions League spot as Spurs conceded the least amount of goals last season with 35, whereas Gueye was relegated as Villa conceded the most goals last season with 76.
In other Tottenham team news, Everton manager Ronald Koeman praised his midfielders after their performance against Spurs.