After performing trojan heroics in the heart of the park for the Toffees in recent seasons, he’ll be a massive loss, with few players able to match his defensive contribution in midfield.
Marco Silva has recruited Jean-Philippe Gbamin, but the former Mainz man is not a like-for-like replacement and it remains to be seen how he will be employed by the manager.
It appears like Everton are still keen to bolster the heart of the midfield, and here are five African options to try and fill the chasm left by Gana.
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Everton’s reported pursuit of the Franco-Malian midfielder appears to be clear evidence that they aren’t satisfied that Gbamin is an adequate replacement for Gueye.
Doucoure, however, would be a superb purchase, and would certainly represent an ideal addition to the Toffees’ midfield.
He’s worked with Silva before—at Watford—and the Portuguese coach clearly has a soft spot for the powerhouse.
Doucoure isn’t as defensively minded as Gueye, but he’d offer more going forward, having directly contributed to 21 goals over the last two seasons.
A bid of £32 million has reportedly been rejected, although expect Silva to return for the former Stade Rennais man.
Heavily linked with a move to Everton before and after Gueye’s exit, Lemina might be the most realistic addition on this list.
He hasn’t always looked to be enjoying himself in English football after moving to Southampton after spells with Juventus and Olympique de Marseille, but the raw materials are certainly there, with Wolverhampton Wanderers also understood to be keen on his signature.
The 25-year-old is comfortable in possession, and could be a fascinating pet project for Silva.
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As the only player in the Premier League to keep pace with Gueye and N’Golo Kante for defensive statistics this season, Ndidi would be the ideal signing for the Blues.
He’s still young, knows the Premier League, and would represent a smooth transition for the post-Gueye Toffees.
However, the 22-year-old may see a transfer to Goodison as something of a sideways move, while Leicester City would surely be unwilling to sell another defensive stalwart having already lost Harry Maguire.
Sangare, who was heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park earlier in the summer, would perhaps be the best bet for the Toffees of this list of players—even if he doesn’t yet have Premier League experience.
Reports in France suggested that it would take around £22 million to pry the powerful midfielder—another Ivorian—away from Toulouse, although it remains to be seen why the Toffees haven’t yet made a concrete move for his services.
Sangare doesn’t quite possess Gueye’s engine, but his height would make him a much more imposing presence in midfield.
Having only featured 13 times in the Premier League last term, with four matches from the start, Wanyama’s chances of playing a key role for Tottenham Hotspur this term appear limited.
The club have recruited Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks has returned to fitness, while Josh Onomah—for now—remains at the club.
Bournemouth are reportedly keen on Wanyama, but Everton should take a look at the midfield hardman, who has featured at the pinnacle of the European game, and was one of Spurs’ outstanding players as recently as the 2016-17 season.
If the Toffees can keep Wanyama fit, and help him rediscover the form he showed at Southampton, he could help protect a Toffees defence that may yet be exposed this term.