By Dominic Toner
Jamie Carragher has claimed Idrissa Gueye has made such an impact at Everton he has been their best player in every match this season.
The midfielder, who joined from Aston Villa for £7.1million in the summer, continued his good form in the club’s comfortable 3-0 Premier League victory over Sunderland on Monday night.
Forward Romelu Lukaku opened his scoring account for the season with the first hat-trick of the 2016-17 Premier League.
The result means that Everton are now up to third with 10 points from their opening four games, and the 26-year-old has been at the heart of the recent success.
Former Liverpool player and current pundit Carragher revealed to Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme how impressed he has been with the combative central midfielder.
“It wasn’t until Lukaku’s third goal that he was my man of the match,” he said, as quoted by Sky Sports. “At two goals, Gueye was my man of the match because I thought he was outstanding. He has been Everton’s best player in almost every game he has played.
“When I watched Aston Villa last season, he was always a player you looked at, and he came in for the first game for Everton against Spurs and was winning tackles and challenges against a team with a lot of possession. I think Everton have a real player, and considering the prices in football these days, I think £7m is a steal for Everton.”
The Senegal international has started in all five of the club’s fixtures this season and has built a formidable partnership alongside the experienced Gareth Barry.
Ronald Koeman snapped up the midfielder after he impressed in a struggling Villa side that crashed to relegation last season.
The former Southampton manager moved to Goodison Park this summer and has been tasked with improving the club’s recent league form, something which already looks better under his stewardship.
Everton face Middlesbrough, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace in their next three league games and have the opportunity to build on their solid start.
In other Everton team news, the club’s fans reacted on Twitter to Mason Holgate’s omission against Sunderland.