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Gueye Reflects On First Season

Frenchman settled and happy with Blues.

Gueye Reflects On First Season
Magaye Gueye

Despite only four starts and as many substitute appearances, Magaye Gueye has already done enough to suggest the reported £1m paid for his services was an absolute steal.

The France Under-21 star, signed from Strasbourg last summer, made an immediate impact for the Reserves and, after recovering from injury, forced his way into the first-team reckoning in the last month of the season.

With plenty of pace, a trick up his sleeve and an eye for goal he is the sort of player to excite supporters, while his teammates are also appreciative of his ability.

His first season was always likely to be one spent acclimatising to life in a new country and at a new club and his vastly improved English is testament to his progress.

Rewind 12 months and he barely knew a word. The name 'Everton' and the words 'five-year contract' had put a smile on his face but he was very much at the start of a path.

“It was difficult at first,” Gueye told evertonfc.com. “When I first came here I was a little homesick. I did not know many people, did not understand the language and did not know my way around.”

Gueye trains alongside SahaMagaye Gueye has settled into life at Everton and has been helped along the way by the likes of Louis Saha

Learning the language has been important for the young Frenchman and several of his teammates have been particularly helpful on that front.

“My English has really improved,” he added. “Sylvain and Louis have helped me a lot and practise with me, also Seamus and Bily as we live in the same building. My girlfriend speaks very good English too and she helps me a lot.

“It has helped me settle. I like Liverpool and feel good here. The people are nice and I feel happy and confident living in the city. I have favourite restaurants, cafes and shops and feel good.”

On the pitch Everton fans have been treated to a few telling glimpses of Gueye’s talent.

An early exit in the League Cup probably cost him a few opportunities in the early part of the season but he did manage one particularly eye-catching display in the 5-1 win over Huddersfield Town in the second round.

His performances for the Reserves frequently earned praise from boss Alan Stubbs, while he never seemed to fail to score when away with France Under-21s.

Magaye Gueye makes his first Premier League start for Everton against Mick McCarthy's sideMagaye Gueye in Premier League action against Wolves at Molineux

An injury during the middle part of the season slowed his progress towards the first-team and it wasn’t until the final month of the campaign that the talented youngster got his Premier League chance.

“My first game was against Aston Villa,” Gueye added. “I think I did quite well for the 20 minutes I was on the pitch and we got a draw.

“After that I played at Wolverhampton and in that game I was so tired. I wasn’t sure why but I had very little energy. I had a chance to score but it didn’t happen.  Hopefully I will score my first goal soon. My last game was against Blackburn and I had some good moments in that game too. I thought I played better.”

Gueye insists he has improved in the past year but the biggest change in him has been physically. He feels he has had to toughen up ready for a career in England’s top-flight.

“It is the biggest difference,” he said. “Here you have to be strong and ready to fight for every ball. In France it is not like that. I have had to get stronger and I am ready now.”

 

Tomi PaulamäkiIm thinking the same about him. Thats what i just wrote on him for toffeetalk: He was a positive surprise for me, something i were hoping he would be able to do. Im sure he will play lot more next season and hopefully he will improve. Pace, challenging 1 on 1 and quite good crosses. And ofc nice Oranje boots he had. :P

Monday 20th June 18:28 Report Comment

Minik HansenThank God for Saha and Distin and the girlfriend being around. He's so cool settling down. All the best to your stay Magaye, we like you a lot.

Friday 17th June 16:40 Report Comment

Jamas Toonhe seems to be pretty good with his performance...give him a go...I believe we have an intresting player here.

Tuesday 14th June 00:49 Report Comment

colin dolmanwot a hand full imwt

Monday 13th June 22:59 Report Comment

Drew ShortisI'm a big fan of Gueye so I'm very glad to hear he has settled in Ok. Hopefully next season will see him playing regularly for the first them. With his pace and drive on the left wing and Seamus on the right we should be a big threat!

Monday 13th June 20:03 Report Comment

Sam PeelI like the fact that Gueye as learned our language, and can't wait to see your french flair put it to good use for our beloved club

Monday 13th June 17:52 Report Comment

david harmanI hope to see you and the likes of Silva and Vellios starting more first team matches in the comming season.

Monday 13th June 16:51 Report Comment

clinton walkerWatch out king louis, he's after your crown lol, cant wait to see the best in this lad.....Imwt

Monday 13th June 16:40 Report Comment

Victor TayGreat job young man, hope to see you clock up more game times in the next season...

Monday 13th June 16:05 Report Comment
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