Date: 7th December 2016 at 10:10am
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By Will Butcher

Leon Osman has heaped praise on summer signing Idrissa Gueye as he continues to shine in an Everton shirt.

During an interview with Sky Sports News on December 7 at 8am, Osman described Gueye as a “destroyer” and claimed that he was one of the rare positives in Aston Villa’s woeful Premier League campaign last term.

“He’s settled into the team really well,” Osman said. “He’s become a destroyer, getting plenty of tackles in in the middle of the park but he gets into the box and he proved that by winning the penalty against Manchester United on Sunday.

“Villa had a poor season but he was a shining light in their side. When I heard Everton were interested, at such a small price of £7million, I believe it was a really good piece of business.”

Gueye was in top form on Sunday, as won the penalty during the 1-1 draw against Manchester Unite dafter being bundled over by Marouane Fellaini.

The 27-year-old moved to Goodison Park in the summer after Villa were relegated from the top flight, finishing with just 17 points from all 38 fixtures.

Starring alongside Gareth Barry, Gueye has complimented the veteran England international in that he can provide pace and harass his opponents while Barry sits deeper and controls the game.

Since his £7million move to Merseyside in the summer, the Senegal international has featured 15 times in both the Premier League and the EFL Cup for the Toffees.

However, Ronald Koeman is set to lose his star midfielder as he jets of to represent Senegal in January for a month at the African Cup of Nations.

Gueye is set to partner Barry for the 14th time this season in the middle of the park, as Koeman’s side travel to Walter Mazzarri’s Watford on Saturday.

A win for the Toffees could see them rise as high as sixth, if Manchester United and West Brom drop points.

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