Date: 21st October 2019 at 6:20pm
Written by: Dwayne Gavan

With Seamus Coleman suspended, Djibril Sidibe started at right-back against West Ham United on Saturday. The 27-year-old impressed as Everton won 2-0 at Goodison Park and was lauded by supporters on social media.

His performance may have given Marco Silva a selection headache ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Brighton & Hove Albion too. Sidibe had been short of playing time this season, but he took his chance to shine with both hands.

Against West Ham, the French international played for 90 minutes, made 63 touches, created one chance, made one interception, completed 77.3% of his 44 passes, made one clearance, whipped in five crosses and made four tackles.

Sidibe has made four appearances in all competitions since joining on loan from AS Monaco, making one assist. He’s played second fiddle to Coleman all season but could find himself starting at right-back against Brighton.

The 27-year-old has had to be patient for opportunities, having sat on the bench in four Premier League games while being left out of the matchday squad three times, but he’s finally been given the nod by Marco Silva, albeit because of a suspension.

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