Everton's Idrissa Gueye should not be exempt from criticism this season; in fact he deserves it more than most

General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

The Everton midfielder is not performing anywhere near his best this season.

Jeff Hendrick of Burnley and Idrissa Gueye of Everton battle for possession during the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on October 1, 2017 in Liverpool,...

While a lot of Everton's players have been criticised this season, with some subsequently dropped, Idrissa Gueye has avoided both the chop and the vitriol reserved for the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Ashley Williams.

The problem is, Gueye is equally at fault for Everton's woeful form, and he may in fact deserve more criticism given how well Toffees fans know he can play when he puts his mind to it.

Everton's Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye (L) vies with Brighton's Dutch midfielder Davy Propper during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and...

Last season Gueye was one of the best midfielders not just at Goodison Park but in the entire Premier League. This time round he has under-performed week after week, to such an extent that there have been calls from the Toffees faithful for both him and Schneiderlin to spend some time out of the spotlight.

For now both players remain in Ronald Koeman's immediate plans, but Gueye needs to up his game considerably if he wants to get the fans back on side and ease Everton's struggles in the process.

Idrissa Gueye of Everton and Darren Fletcher of Stoke City battle for possession during the Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on August 12, 2017 in...

The 28-year-old is far better than his current form would suggest, and there is no doubt he has been affected by the woeful performances of those around him and the uncertainty that has shrouded Goodison Park.

That said, these are exactly the times when players like Gueye need to prove their worth; fighters with a specific skill set to take their club away from the relegation zone before a wobble becomes a full-blown disaster.

In Gueye, Everton have a quality player who can make all the difference, but for now he is not showing that.

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