Everton manager Sam Allardyce believes that defensive midfielder Idrissa Gueye is a crucial component in his side when they are at their best.
The 28-year-old Senegal international, who recently signed an extended contract to keep him at Goodison Park until the summer of 2022, joined the Toffees from Aston Villa in the summer of 2016.
He has since proved to be highly effective in the Everton engine room and has clearly impressed Allardyce, despite the Toffees having endured a difficult season to date.
"Idrissa is important without the ball in the way he screens the back four," Allardyce told the clubs official website.
"He has this N'Golo Kante-like style and we have heard the praise about Kante and what he did for Leicester City (and Chelsea). I think Idrissa is that type of player for us.
"Also his capabilities in possession are very good; he rarely gives the ball away and that is what we need. He gives us a real consistency.
"I love his attitude, the way he enjoys his football, the dedication and focus with which he trains every day."
Everton are next in action on Saturday, when they head to the Liberty Stadium to take on a Swansea City side still battling to move clear of relegation danger.
The Merseysiders have only lost once in six previous Premier League visits to Swansea, that defeat being a 1-0 reverse last season, when Fernando Llorente scored the only goal of the game.
Everton are available at 19/10 to win on Saturday, with the draw priced at 11/5 and a 1-1 final scoreline 11/2.
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