Football pundit Paul Merson has slammed Everton boss Marco Silva for not allowing Idrissa Gueye to leave the club during the January transfer window.

The 29-year-old was strongly linked with a move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain during the January transfer window and reportedly handed in a transfer request to try and force through a move, according to Sky Sports. 

Gueye has been an important player for the Toffees since he joined Everton from Aston Villa after the Villains were relegated from the Premier League in 2016. He has gone on to earn rave reviews for his displays at Goodison Park and has even drawn comparisons to Chelsea star N’Golo Kante.

Gueye has so far played 20 games in the Premier League for the Merseyside club this season and remains an important part of the first-team.

It is certainly understandable as to why the Senegalese international wanted to join the French giants.

Everton look unlikely to challenge for major silverware, let alone challenge for a place in the top four anytime soon and a move to PSG would have allowed him the opportunity to play for a team which plays in the Champions League and to represent a side which regularly wins major silverware.

He is also now nearing the latter years of his career and so may not get the chance to represent one of the best team’s in World football again. It remains to be seen if PSG will once again make a move for Gueye during the summer.

The Everton player is contracted to the club until the summer of 2022 and so they may be able to get a high sum of money for him.

Merson has suggested that Silva was being a bit selfish by not allowing Gueye to leave.

“If the manager’s got a say in this, I don’t think he can afford to get rid of him and lose two more games,” he told Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports. 

“So I think he was thinking of himself at the same time. Deep down he’s probably thinking, ‘if I had another 10 points, I’d probably let you go son and get a dream move, but I can’t do that.

“My future is on the line here and I need you here for me’.”

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