By Amir Mir
Idrissa Gueye believes both Aston Villa and Everton supporters are “willing to die” for the club colours.
Midfielder Gueye moved to the Merseysiders from Villa Park during the summer transfer window, after the Toffees activated the £7.1million release clause in his contract.
The 26-year-old, who is known for his energetic style, stated that both sets of supporters share the same passion for their team, as he opens up about the motivation behind his playing style.
“We only managed to pick up three victories all season with Villa,” Gueye told the Express. “But the one real source of motivation was that the fans would appreciate you if they felt you put effort in and worked hard and did your best. So that is what I tried to do.
“The fans at Everton are like that. They live for the club. Maybe I am exaggerating by saying they would rather spend their money on going to the match than eating, but it is that feeling. They are willing to die for the colours almost, so it is your absolute duty to perform to your best level.”
The Senegal international has made an impressive start on Merseyside completing 90 minutes in Everton’s opening five Premier League games this term.
Supporters and pundits alike have hailed Gueye as a bargain buy, as he has helped Ronald Koeman’s side to four consecutive victories and second in the Premier League table with 13 points from a possible 15.
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