By Danny Wright
Roberto Di Matteo has compared Everton’s Idrissa Gueye to Chelsea star N’Golo Kante.
Talking in the Daily Star, the former Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion boss also suggested that Gueye is one of the most underrated players in the league.
“He is doing very good things. I consider him very similar to Kante,” Di Matteo said.
“He is a very humble player, always available to do the dirty job for his team. He’s a good player, fast and really physically strong.
“Maybe he is not under the spotlights, but he’s really a very good player.”
The Italian managed the 27-year-old at Aston Villa for a short period in the summer before he secured a switch to Goodison Park where he has quickly become one of the key players in Ronald Koeman’s side.
The comparison is understandable as Gueye plays a similar role in the Everton team. Both players can be classed as box-to-box midfielders who are full of energy and are always closing down opponents.
However, it’s a bold claim as Kante was viewed as one of the top performers in last year’s Premier League campaign, finishing runner-up to teammate Riyad Mahrez in the midfielder of the year award.
Kante has been universally praised for his performances at Chelsea this season too, who are top of the Premier League.
Gueye and Kante suffered very different fates last season as the Senegalese international was relegated with Aston Villa and the latter – incredibly – won the Premier League with the Foxes.
Former Villa man Gueye has now completed 23 appearances for the Toffees in all competitions as they sit seventh in the Premier League.
Di Matteo won the Champions League and FA Cup in a short spell as Chelsea manager in 2012.
The 46-year-old also played in a central midfield role as a player and completed 152 appearances for the London club in a six-year spell at Stamford Bridge.
He was sacked by Aston Villa in October 2016, just four months after taking the job.
In other Everton news, a BBC pundit has said this player is currently playing out of his skin for the club.