Steve Walsh: I urged Koeman to sign this player for Everton
By Dominic Toner
Steve Walsh has revealed he made Everton manager Ronald Koeman aware of Idrissa Gueye.
Everton signed midfielder Gueye in the summer transfer window from Aston Villa and he has settled very quickly at Goodison Park.
Walsh moved to the Toffees in the summer to become their new director of football after playing a huge role in Leicester’s unlikely Premier League triumph.
He has revealed that he spoke to Everton boss Koeman in the summer and told him to look at buying Gueye.
“I told the manager to have a look at this lad because I think he can do all the things we want him to do,” he told the official Everton magazine, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “We earmarked the fact that we were looking for a bit more energy from that part of the field. He moves the ball quickly and runs with the ball. He is good at pressing and good at intercepting.
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“Don’t put too much on his shoulders but he is a little bit like (N’Golo) Kante. You’ll see that when he presses. He just needs now to show a little bit more discipline and he’ll be a really good player for us, we believe.”
Gueye, 26, has started all seven of the club’s league matches this season and provided great cover in front of the defence.
The Toffees are currently fifth in the table and Koeman has already transformed the club’s league form.
The Dutch manager moved to Everton in the summer and added senior players Gueye, Yannick Bolaise, Maarten Stekelenburg and Ashley Williams to his squad.
Walsh appears to have discovered a star at Everton in Gueye and he has a great track record of finding unknown talents.
He is credited with discovering uncut diamonds such as Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante at Leicester.
Gueye did make 38 appearances at his former club Villa but he has become a crucial player in Everton’s push for a European spot.
In other Everton news, their defender has been approached about changing teams.