UPDATED A report in The Guardian claims that Everton want to extend Djibril Sidibé's loan deal through the restarted Premier League season.
Agreement will have to be reached with his parent club, AC Manaco, who have no need of him as their Ligue 1 season has been terminated. They would need to agree terms on extending the current loan arrangement through the end of July.
The 27-year-old Frenchman joined Everton on a season-long loan back in August 2019 and has played 24 times in League and Cup competitions without making much of a lasting impression.
However, with injuries and a general lack of quality in the squad, Ancelotti has little alternative but to stick with what he has available to get through the last 9 games of this blighted Premier League season.
Everton had negotiated a clause to buy the World Cup winning full-back for around £12.8m, when securing his loan last summer, but the club have allowed that option to lapse. They had until June 1 but have apparently decided not to sign Sidibé permanently.
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1 Posted 05/06/2020 at 12:20:38
2 Posted 05/06/2020 at 12:43:13
Just get Kenny back. He is no worse and won't cost us a penny. Unless we can get stupid money for him, which I highly doubt.
3 Posted 05/06/2020 at 12:44:58
4 Posted 05/06/2020 at 13:15:26
5 Posted 05/06/2020 at 13:32:50
And I expect Man Utd to spend some serious money again this summer. Along with Man City potentially.
A real shame that our initial spending spree under Moshiri was so poorly directed.
6 Posted 05/06/2020 at 13:52:53
7 Posted 05/06/2020 at 14:32:35
We may have more money these days but we're still buying from a different calibre of shop.
8 Posted 05/06/2020 at 14:43:47
9 Posted 05/06/2020 at 15:15:45
I got sick of him costing us goals in the last 10 min of matches where he went down and faked an injury, didn't get the free kick and left a huge space for the opposition to exploit.
Always flattered to deceive.
10 Posted 05/06/2020 at 15:42:20
We have been quoted to bringing in a number of top players, but it seems that it is not a question of: Will they come? But the question is, Will they want to come?
Sky Sports are getting their wish of having an elite 6 who players want to join, and the rest of the other clubs getting the pick of the players they do not want.
11 Posted 05/06/2020 at 16:55:18
As for postings about Chelsea and their transfers, you can get your money on them winning the Premier League in the next few seasons: they are looking so strong with a squad of excellent young players.
12 Posted 05/06/2020 at 17:57:22
Robert's right, he might work out very well in a 5-3-2.
And Robert, with you on Ziyech. I wailed like a beagle puppy when we signed Klaassen off Ajax instead of Ziyech, a vastly superior player we could have had for the same price.
13 Posted 05/06/2020 at 18:42:57
14 Posted 05/06/2020 at 19:08:18
The manager would look a complete dick if we cut short the loan and Coleman gets injured. That said, once this season is over, we should not take any option to buy him.
15 Posted 05/06/2020 at 20:26:06
16 Posted 05/06/2020 at 20:31:38
You're not. Others are.
17 Posted 05/06/2020 at 20:37:54
As for us, best to see if a couple of our youngsters can step up by giving them a few games on the run. As for Sidibé, send him back, don't waste any more money.
18 Posted 05/06/2020 at 20:42:04
Obviously it doesn't make him a good defender, but it certainly speaks to his talent. And it helps explain why Carlo keeps picking him over Seamus, despite his positional cluelessness.
As to his being our best crosser, that's pretty obvious.
19 Posted 05/06/2020 at 20:50:31
He is too much of a wanderer for me as a defender. I dont think the rest of the back line can trust him and that makes the whole team nervous. To get to the top 6 there can be no weakest links and lets face it Sidibie is one. We need a proper, class, disciplined right back to take over from Seamus. Its one of the essential signings we have to make.
20 Posted 05/06/2020 at 21:40:17
21 Posted 05/06/2020 at 21:56:58
22 Posted 05/06/2020 at 22:21:10
He may be better as a wing-back. So the manager needs to decide: back 4 or 5.
23 Posted 05/06/2020 at 22:39:42
It's a tough call; for me, he's been sussed and done more than most backs, but in some games he's had no cover from midfield but is also exposed on recovery and reading the game.
But, as the return beckons and with Everton's now annual bad injury bouts to key players impacting squad availability, the manager is damned if he does or doesn't.
On a cheap deal, he'd be a good squad addition but only a few million on the basis of no strings and £4m tops outlay.
You could argue for the RS, that TAA is also not really a true defender, as we know he's also been sussed and done, and got away with handballs more than most backs.
Very strange days for the world.
All stay safe and well.
24 Posted 05/06/2020 at 22:50:06
He does get caught out of position, but maybe Ancelotti can coach him to be more aware. It could be his commitment to tackling is leaving him exposed. A good loan for another season.
It very much looks as if transfers are following a similar pattern to the past two summer transfer windows: work with what you have got as regards in and outs and money made available at the end of the window, hopefully.
25 Posted 05/06/2020 at 22:55:34
A player like that would stop opposition full-backs from overloading our right flank and exposing our right-back.
If we also bring in a proper, mobile midfield shield (like Gbamin was supposed to be) then that covers Sidibé's weakness defensively too (or Kenny's for that matter). He looked at his best with Fabinho covering at right-back when they were together at Monaco.
Two quality signings in those positions could transform the first 11 (whether we retain Sidibé or not).
26 Posted 05/06/2020 at 00:04:25
He seemed to have a wobble in form, especially defensively, when we kept changing right wingers: Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Walcott, Sigurdsson and Coleman at one point.
After that, he seemed to lose his way a bit but, if he finds his early form again, he is worth it as a backup to the squad. I don't see Jonjoe Kenny coming back anytime soon and Seamus is way past his best.
I would rather spend all available funds on some class, grit and goals in midfield.
27 Posted 06/06/2020 at 00:27:15
Fact is, though, the only opinion that really matters is Carlo's, and he clearly considers Sidibé our best right-back.
That's why I'm not surprised we've extended the loan, and unless Brands really feels like shopping for a new right-back amidst all our other priorities, I won't be surprised if we exercise Sidibé's purchase option, or at least try to renegotiate it.
28 Posted 06/06/2020 at 03:47:08
We need a masive slice of luck to unearth a few gems keep them long enough to win a trophy and get a top 4 place – only then will we attract top ready made players...
But there lays the problem: we have more bad luck than good...
[This coming from a man whose glass is half-full.]
29 Posted 06/06/2020 at 04:00:54
My preference would be to get back Kenny with him and Coleman fighting for the starting spot. We always have Holgate to fall back on if there is an injury or suspension crisis.
Everton's main targets this transfer window appear to be:
Centre-back (with either Keane or Mina being sold)
2 Midfield players (maybe letting go of Besic and one of Sigurdsson or Schneiderlin)
1 Forward (sending out Kean or Tosun)
That's it, but if only 2 out of these 4 signings turn out to be ‘game-changers', with 1-2 of our youth stepping up (like what happened with Calvert-Lewin and Holgate this season), that would push us into contention for Top 6.
30 Posted 06/06/2020 at 04:52:03
31 Posted 06/06/2020 at 07:16:02
32 Posted 06/06/2020 at 07:33:16
This means he is attempting and also making a lot more tackles than most full-backs. However, when he gets it wrong, it often leaves us very exposed because he has pushed out of the line. That is why we give up so many more chances from our right flank than from our left.
Essentially he's a good, aggressive tackler but his positioning and decision-making are quite high risk.
If he was in his early 20s I'd be hopeful that this could be corrected but it seems unlikely at almost 28.
A better, more mobile DMC could help mitigate his shortcomings and currently I think he's a better option than Coleman and Kenny but the latter has youth on his side and, perhaps more importantly, Schalke don't have the funds to buy him.
Unless Monaco will take £5-6M for Sidibé, I expect Kenny and Coleman to be our senior right-backs next season. I also expect it to become a priority transfer position next summer; none of the three are top 6 standard.
33 Posted 06/06/2020 at 09:32:51
If we buy back Gana, then he will be able to provide cover for Sidibé. Let's try for Stones as well.
34 Posted 06/06/2020 at 09:38:10
35 Posted 06/06/2020 at 11:42:24
36 Posted 06/06/2020 at 14:08:34
37 Posted 06/06/2020 at 14:25:10
38 Posted 06/06/2020 at 20:16:40
39 Posted 06/06/2020 at 21:27:43
If we can (as we surely must) improve the midfield, then it might help to draw out Sidibé's strengths and make up for his weakness.
Also, notice we are strongly linked with Marusic of Lazio. A very fast right wing-back – possible alternative to Sidibé. And possibly hints (as I mentioned in an earlier post) that we'll be going 5-3-2 next season. Marusic doesn't look to me like he could play as an orthodox right-back.
However we approach next season, I'll be pleased to see more pace and aggression throughout the side.
40 Posted 07/06/2020 at 09:26:59
With regards to the 3-5-2, maybe Carlo's thinking he has to be more expansive in his formations next season to get better point returns out of his squad. There will be matches were a compact 4-4-2 will suit and at home he may go a more offensive 3-5-2 with the attacking wing-backs. In such a scenario there would be an argument for Sidibé to be part of the squad at the right price. As cover for the 4-4-2 and as a wing-back in the 3-5-2.
41 Posted 07/06/2020 at 12:01:12
Done right, however, it can, like any formation, be good. If Brands can find a Mattias Sammer out there to make it work, I'll be fine with that.
42 Posted 07/06/2020 at 12:37:20
When you have the right squad on the field, you can tweak the formation all you like and still be the winning team.
Carlo has the basis for a top team but needs some more quality in all areas.
43 Posted 07/06/2020 at 12:59:06
It would be a good idea to play Sidibé in central midfield with the skill set he has. I have wondered why Ancelotti didn't try him, but maybe he has been seeing how he gets along being in front of Coleman on the right flank, having tried him there.
I also think that Sidibé is used to playing for sides who are good at holding possession and have high pass-completion rates in the final third. Everton are weak in both areas and give away the ball a lot; that leaves Sidibé exposed going forward.
As far as Ancelotti may be concerned, Sidibé getting caught out of position is not entirely his fault.
44 Posted 07/06/2020 at 13:41:29
I read that the new management at AC Milan will build a team based on ability to regain possession within 5 seconds. That means physical attributes of pace plus mental attributes of quick decision-making. Some fan favourites may be ditched as a result.
45 Posted 07/06/2020 at 18:28:48
It is a simple message to the players current and incoming. One that they can easily psychologically embrace as knowing what is expected of them. The idea may improve them.
It's an interesting statement by AC Milan and a simple one. All the great teams may have a bit of bling but they have tigerish engine rooms that are constantly rabid about winning back possession. Almost like it is a divine right. We need a whole lot more of it from our whole midfield engine room next season (and not just from the centre-midfield positions).
46 Posted 07/06/2020 at 19:49:47
I'll admit to also being impressed by those stats and his crossing is pretty great but we've all seen the lack of positioning and, sadly, heart at times.
That Sidibé has visibly wilted when the going was tough hardly makes him the villain of this current Everton squad but it does make him damaged goods as far as next season goes.
47 Posted 07/06/2020 at 20:28:01
I believe I have seen other sides targeting him as a weak link in our defence.
If he cannot do his main job at the required level, then that will always be an Achilles Heel for us.
48 Posted 07/06/2020 at 20:39:08
It should be a buyer's market in the summer, but we might be feeling the pinch money-wise, along with most other clubs.
Plenty will be wanting to reduce their wage bills.
49 Posted 07/06/2020 at 21:56:40
Sidibé has pedigree but is not Seamus in his prime and there is very little to choose between Sidibé and Jonjoe Kenny.
I hope the season is done with soon so that we can really see what Carlo can do next season, when he has the players he wants.
Everton have some players who are just not consistent enough and we all hope he has a clearout before next season starts.
50 Posted 07/06/2020 at 22:43:25
51 Posted 07/06/2020 at 23:05:41
52 Posted 07/06/2020 at 23:55:34
Djibril v Seamus – not much in it. Both attacking full-backs, good similar pace, supporting runs, energy, competitive nature.
Seamus better at dribbling, Djibril at crossing. Neither are great defenders: suspect control, average passing and both have poor decision-making.
Niether will improve much, if at all, but in Djibril's favour, he's a few years younger and can maybe adapt to the Premier League a little more.
Kenny would bring superior control, passing and crossing but he's not as attacking and a little slower than the above two. Like most young defenders, he still has to improve decision-making and positioning.
If we had a top class right-winger, Kenny would be able to learn and concentrate on his defending.
If we had a proper target man or forward with extreme pace Kenny could supply the passes and crosses into the danger area. Playing to his strengths.
But we don't and sadly I'm not sure if Carlo would be brave enough to play him without a change in personnel or attack-minded tactics.
Kenny would be great for Burnley, Newcastle or Leicester, to name a few. I'm expecting an £8 million sale but hope I'm wrong about that and about Carlo not playing attacking football.
53 Posted 08/06/2020 at 00:20:36
Sidibé is good, we could and have got worse players but I'd give him a miss. Concentrate on buying attack-minded attackers and defensive-minded defenders. I'm old fashioned like that.
As for, "our best crosser" no chance. Kenny, Baines, Digne, Gomes, Holgate would be my top 5 crossers in that order. Admittedly they may not have been in the pitch much to date.
Players that generally get it on target or in the right general area more than 50% of the time are good. Sidibé has had some good assists, but generally his crossing is a 1 in 3 decent effort.
54 Posted 08/06/2020 at 09:37:39
55 Posted 08/06/2020 at 17:20:39
Thought you would be interested in Ancelotti's comments:
"We can play more vertically. We want to build up but when you have the possibility to play forward you must play forward. Quick. If you are slow at the back you have less possibility to find space in the opponent's half. Sometimes when you say to a player that we want possession, they think possession is the target. The target is not a possession. The target is always to score goals. ”
This would fall into line with the tactics you mention and Sidibé pushing forward with an early delivered pass.
I think I should also mention that Sidibé has won a World Cup medal.
56 Posted 09/06/2020 at 22:04:39
57 Posted 09/06/2020 at 00:08:46
In August 2019, the fertility rate of children given birth per woman England & Wales was 1.7.
Stats. Have you ever seen any of those kids?
I'd love to see the 0.7 one.
He's not up to it.
58 Posted 11/06/2020 at 09:30:55
59 Posted 11/06/2020 at 09:47:52
The club might believe it can now get Sidibe for a lower fee than the option price.
Alleged interest in Marusic of Lazio might be part of the associated shenanigans.
Interesting to see how the market unfolds this summer.
60 Posted 11/06/2020 at 10:38:06
61 Posted 12/06/2020 at 10:46:02
62 Posted 12/06/2020 at 11:56:06
A Sidibe standard right-back will be ok for immediate aspirations if we can sort out the priorities of midfield and right-wing. A centre-half wouldn't go amiss either.
63 Posted 12/06/2020 at 12:44:57
64 Posted 15/06/2020 at 20:47:06
That's our problem: we always buy either crocks for silly high prices or players not good enough for the top 4. I can't think of one single player besides Richarlison who would get into any of Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool, or Spurs. We need to start buying young hungry players and use our academy players.
65 Posted 15/06/2020 at 21:06:35
Cast-offs from big clubs (eg, Zouma, Rabiot and Lozano), overperforming youngsters from middling clubs (eg, Diallo and Sangare), British teenagers (like Branthwaite), and maybe a bit of class on loan or free (eg, James Rodriguez and Thiago Silva) is the way to go.
If we do that and buy Sidibé on the cheap as a stop-gap, then fine.
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