With reports in the Italian media linking Djibril Sidibe to a move to AC Milan as reported by OneFootball, it seemingly looked like the defender’s time at Everton was about to come to a sudden end, yet Saturday might have just changed that.
Marco Silva handed the 27-year-old defender his first Premier League start of the season following Seamus Coleman’s red card in the last game league against Burnley, and Sidibe took the opportunity with both hands as the 2018 World Cup winner excelled down the right for Everton.
As stats from WhoScored show, the right-back was one of Everton’s standout performers on Saturday, making the joint-most successful tackles in the Toffees squad with 4 as well as finish the game off with a pass completion rate of 77% with 34 completed passes, the second-highest rating in Silva’s side against West Ham.
Indeed, the Monaco defender made a showcase of himself as to why he should be handed the starting XI spot from Coleman, and after this impressive performance against the Irons, the Everton boss will find it difficult to find a reason not to start Sidibe next weekend against Brighton.
The right-back was a breath of fresh air in the Everton defence as well as going forward, with The Liverpool Echo waxing lyrical about Sidibe following his first full 90 minutes in the Premier League, and after such a positive performance from the Frenchman as well as the team as a whole, Silva should be reluctant to tinker with anything.
Sidibe has proven to be one of the most consistent fullbacks in European football after starring for a Monaco side that won the 2016/17 Ligue 1 title as well as being part of France’s World Cup-winning squad in Russia, and now after finally being handed a Premier League chance with Everton, the right-back is beginning to show why he should be in Silva’s XI for the future.