Why Djibril Sidibe’s permanent deal would be a huge bargain for Everton
Sidibe joined Everton on a loan deal from AS Monaco in the summer with an option for the Toffees to buy him at the end of the loan spell. It would now likely be activated by Everton.
Everton’s summer signings have not been up to mark, with Moise Kean taking a long time to settle within the team and Jean-Philippe Gbamin being injured for the most part of the season so far. Everton would do well to hold onto Djibril Sidibe.
Last month, Daily Mail claimed that Monaco cannot recall Sidibe from Everton halfway through the season.
The Frenchman made his debut against Burnley coming on from the bench. It was later followed by Everton manager Marco Silva handing him his first start of the campaign, against West Ham United. He has gone on to play the next 4 matches, assisting once.
The 27-year-old has got fine experience in French top-flight, playing for Lille and AS Monaco, over 200 times. He was a part of the Monaco team which lifted the Ligue 1 title at the end of the 2016/17 season.
After a handful of experience and bright display, Sidibe was picked by Didier Deschamps in the France team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But he had very little to do as Benjamin Pavard was their first-choice right-back.
Meanwhile, the French International, despite being a right-back, can operate as a left-back too. He has also played on the right side of the midfield on several occasions.
At Everton, he has slowly started coming into the frame after skipper Seamus Coleman picked up a red card against Burnley in the league. Marco Silva then chose to start Sidibe as a result.
His wonderful assist for Richarlison at the weekend shows glimpses of his ability to go forward and put in plenty of crosses for his teammates. Sidibe has some defensive frailties but his forward runs cannot be questioned.
Marco Silva can see him as a useful option to play on the right and link up well his forwards. Everton’s other right-back, Cuco Martina, has also featured only once in Premier League 2 and is yet to start for the main team.
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At the moment, Everton have a decent right-back in Djibril Sidibe who can make this spot his own if the club gives him a permanent deal.
It would be nothing short of a masterstroke if they can persuade him to stay in England and for just £12.75m it would be a huge bargain for the club.