Koeman hints at midfield partnership of Barry and Gueye at Everton

Everton manager Ronald Koeman before the match

The two midfielders started together in the draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman before the matchEverton manager Ronald Koeman before the match

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has hinted to the Times that Idrissa Gueye and Gareth Barry could be his preferred central midfield pairing this season.

The Blues kicked off their Premier League campaign on Saturday as they took on Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park.

They impressed too with an impressive display seeing them secure a draw in their opening game.

Everton's Idrissa Gueye in action with Tottenham's Dele AlliEverton's Idrissa Gueye in action with Tottenham's Dele Alli

Gueye in particular was in fine form, earning rave reviews from the Everton faithful, who were quick to liken him to French star N’Golo Kante.

Barry was also a strong performer alongside him, and Koeman has hinted that they will be his central midfield pairing this season.

“Idrissa is the kind of player that puts in a lot of energy, he’s aggressive and he can also play good football. He will make a good tandem with Gareth Barry,” he told the Times.

Tottenham's Kyle Walker in action with Everton's Gareth BarryTottenham's Kyle Walker in action with Everton's Gareth Barry

It now remains to be seen if Gueye can continue to impress for Everton after this strong start to life at Goodison Park.

The comparisons to Kante were not over top in any regard; with him showing the same energy and defensive know how that made the Frenchman a star last season.

If he can continue in that vein then there is no denying that the Toffees may have secured themselves one of the signings of the summer.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman applauds fans after the gameEverton manager Ronald Koeman applauds fans after the game

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