Does Magaye Gueye have a future under Roberto Martinez at Everton?

Roberto Martinez

Magaye Gueye is very much a forgotten man at Everton, could that change under a new manager?

This is a summer of change at Everton, and there will be a fair number of players at the club wondering what the future holds as pre-season gets underway.

But at the same time it also offers a fresh start to those who saw their careers stall towards the end of David Moyes' tenure.

One of those hoping to rejuvenate his fortunes is Magaye Gueye, the £1 million signing from Strasbourg back in 2010.

Since joining the Toffees his career hasn't really taken off, making just 14 starts for the club combined, and a further 24 appearances as a substitute, flattering to deceive during his time on the pitch.

But last season was his least productive at the club to date, making just two Premier League apperances from the bench for a combined 50 minutes of playing time.

For the club's under-21s he did get some action in the first half of the season, scoring two goals and making four assists in seven appearances.

It just offered a glimpse of the talent which persuaded Moyes to spend a seven figure sum on him, and was enough to earn him a loan move to French club Brest in Ligue One in January.

After a bright start, when he created two goals in his opening four games, he trailed off and featured in just one of Brest's final seven matches.

So to a new beginning, can Gueye revitalise himself and his career at Everton under the management of Roberto Martinez?

With a contract until 2015 he is with the club for the foreseeable future, with no offers in for him at present, and he needs to show a marked improvement to turn around his fortunes.

He was named in a recent Chester Chronicle article as one of Moyes' worst ever buys, and if Martinez can bring the best out of him it will be a testament to his managerial ability.

At Wigan he has a track record of bringing the maximum out of players with frustrating experiences previously in their careers, with Callum McManaman a recent example.

Everton fans may not expect it, but if Gueye can come good this season it will certainly be a nice bonus for the club, and if he doesn't, well at this point there's nothing further to be lost really.

Could Gueye be a surprise for Everton this season or is he deadwood Martinez should try to shift?

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