Primarily a defensive midfielder, the Senegalese international has been a revelation since he signed from Aston Villa for just over £7m but he has just one assist to his name thus far in terms of offensive production.
With Koeman usually deploying two holding midfielders, Gueye often has license to push on and almost scored what would have been a priceless goal against Crystal Palace at the end of November but was foiled by a well-timed defensive block.
His wait for his first goal for the Blues goes on but he has been putting in extra work on the training ground for when his next chance arrives.
“I know I need to score because when you are in midfield you do your job and you have to score some goals,” Gueye told evertontv. “I work every day and I work after training and try to score.
"But if Romelu or another player scores and we win the game, then that's the most important thing for me. If I can score, of course I will do it.”
“[I normally score] one or two goals [a season] so, if I can do it (for Everton), it will be good for me. But the most important thing for me is the team and if we win every game and I don't score, I don't mind.
“The manager tells me every day to go forward, to try to press and to score a goal, so I try to do it."
The 27-year-old also spoke in glowing terms about his central midfield partner, Gareth Barry, who is eligible to play again this weekend after serving a one-match ban in last Saturday's home draw with Swansea.
Gueye credits the veteran as being the vital cog in the Everton machine and says he is learning from him all the time.
“Gareth, I can say, is the most important player in the team,” he explained. “Without him, we don't play the same. We need him and his experience.
“I have learnt a lot [from him]. He keeps the ball and never loses it. He's a clever player.
"He doesn't need to talk to me because I just look at him and try to learn from everything good that he does, then I try to do the same.”
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1 Posted 23/11/2016 at 08:48:31
I'm amazed they've got to "this level" which that approach. Gives me the impression of a bunch of guys each doing what they need to do to hang on to their contracts or get new ones rather than a team who are working to win things together. Only exception is Lukaku who now Stones is gone is the sole guy playing for another reason, to get the hell out.
Get 2 or 3 contracts out of Everton, win nothing and retire, multiplied by about 15. Great!
2 Posted 23/11/2016 at 09:04:11
I wouldn't say no to a goal or two but keep winning tackles, covering ground and making interceptions, and everyone will be happy. Cracking start to your Toffee career.
3 Posted 23/11/2016 at 09:15:12
4 Posted 23/11/2016 at 09:24:36
5 Posted 23/11/2016 at 09:47:04
Is this not what Klopp is doing across the park? His squad is full of players good at putting the ball in the back of the net. We have Lukaku on a good day!
6 Posted 23/11/2016 at 10:27:56
7 Posted 23/11/2016 at 10:34:39
8 Posted 23/11/2016 at 10:47:41
9 Posted 23/11/2016 at 11:25:36
We usually play three attacking midfielders and a striker's who's primary job it is to score and create goals. We buy lots of attacking midfielders (McGeady, Bolasie, Mirallas, Deulofeu, Lennon etc) the trouble is that not enough of them are good at finding consistent end product.
As for Klopp, he usually plays one of Henderson or Lucas who's primary job is to break up play and set attacks into motion.
10 Posted 23/11/2016 at 11:38:46
11 Posted 23/11/2016 at 11:52:29
I think if we rely on our front 4 for goals then we are in trouble, the goal return from them is abysmal. Both Coleman and Barry are the second leading scorers with 2 each. Most top teams score goals from all positions, and we need to be looking for goals from all our players.
Also the top teams have 4 or 5 players in the opponents box at times yet we are lucky to have 3 other than a corner. When you are prepared to throw men in the box it also gives you alternatives, but too often we are totally reliant on Lukaku and seems when he doesn't score we struggle. So, rather than say oh he is a defensive midfield player so any goal he scores is a bonus, we should be saying we want 4/5 goals minimum from our 2 defensive midfield players. Look at our neighbours – all their midfield and forwards are scoring on a regular basis. So if we have any ambitions to challenge the top 6 our mindset has to change to encourage more players to get in the box.
12 Posted 23/11/2016 at 11:56:17
Barry has two this season already and so does Coleman now but a lot of our attack-minded midfielders are struggling to score this season so far... so I would love to see him shoot a lot more and stop thinking it's not for him.
13 Posted 23/11/2016 at 12:14:35
It's evident that we don't accept Ross 'just' creating chances or Rom 'just' scoring goals. Hibbo was criticised for 'just' defending. We expect a bit more of a contribution to the team from all areas.
I don't know if Gana has it in him. Early on he was pretty dynamic from midfield and was supporting the attack... that seems to have faded at the same time as our form. We'll see. It will be the difference between being a solid team player and being a very good player.
14 Posted 23/11/2016 at 12:25:55
15 Posted 23/11/2016 at 12:26:15
That's what is wrong with our current team – not enough forward players who are capable of scoring regularly (if at all) – with the noteable exception of Romelu.
Gueye has done more than enough to merit the accolades he has received from the supporters and press alike, I shudder to think where we may be without having the lad in the team thus far this season.
16 Posted 23/11/2016 at 12:36:26
17 Posted 23/11/2016 at 13:06:04
Bolasie is doing a lot more than any other winger we have!
His attitude and effort has been great to see – the first goal against West Ham highlights it perfectly.
I think Bolasie is playing very well, he may lose the ball a few times, but he has to have to freedom to play to get the best out of him.
Looking forward to seeing Depay, Lukaku and Bolasie up front. Mirallas doesn't seem to be up to it, he isn't strong or skillful enough to compare to Bolasie... I'd like to see Deulofeu starting for the next few games, he needs a chance to shine.
18 Posted 23/11/2016 at 13:26:23
It is the front 4 who should be coming out and saying they need to score more. The likes of Bolasie, Barkley, Deulofeu and Mirallas have produced nowhere near enough end product, which is what they are there to do, unlike Gueye.
As for "Look at our neighbours – all their midfield and forwards are scoring on a regular basis". Not true at all. Of their defensive midfielders Henderson has scored 1 in 14 games this season and Lucas Leiva has only scored 1 in 227 games for them!
Whether we should be playing 2 defensive midfielders especially at home is a different question but I'd be very happy with Gueye if he carries on doing what he has been doing. Surely our best player so far this season?
19 Posted 23/11/2016 at 15:57:14
Mirallas, Deulofeu and Lennon as we've all said so often this season have been a huge disappointment and don't even look like scoring, unlike Barkley. Bolasie seems to get a few shots in each match but he's always hitting them from far out or going for rockets. Surely a simple one two with Rom would suffice.
Maybe it's our style of play but as some said there seems to be very little movement or runs in behind Rom and so the players aren't getting in to shooting positions.
20 Posted 23/11/2016 at 16:31:20
Barkley 12 (More than Dele Alli 10, and also Lamela 11)
Lennon 6 (His highest ever in a season)
Funes Mori 5 (Should he be starting for Jags?)
Deulofeu 4 (My biggest disappointment)
Naismith 4 (left in January)
21 Posted 23/11/2016 at 16:39:37
I agree he's better than all the others, but that's not saying much. I think he was greatly overpriced. He gives the ball away cheaply and has a poor goals return, even in the lower divisions.
22 Posted 23/11/2016 at 17:46:11
We are so short on goal-getters it's scary, IMO Barkley should start week-in & week-out for his goal threat alone.
I also think Funes Mori should play as he's another goal threat. Defenders aren't judged on goals, but a lot of top teams play with a centre half who is a threat. Baines from set pieces, Coleman from open play are both good for 10 between them.
McCarthy, Gibson, Barry, Besic, Jagielka and Cleverly will be lucky to get 3 each. Lennon, Bolasie, Deulofeu all average about 5 a season and Mirallas used to be a genuine threat, but recently doesn't look likely.
January is looming and we have to add players who can add to our goal tally. I know we are miles off, but I remember Alex Ferguson saying you had to have 100+ goals within your squad to win a league title, we will be lucky to find 50.
23 Posted 23/11/2016 at 17:46:17
I will agree that his price was quite high...
But he is the best we have, and he gives a lot to the team!
Bolasie & Idrissa have added a lot of energy to the team, and that is quite difficult to do.
I also think Bolasie will only improve, as we get better players in around him.
Strootman, Depay, Carvalho, Van Dijk, L Kone, Ghezzal, Brahimi, Shneiderlin, Gabbiadini, Dolberg all being linked – hopefully we can get a few of them in, over January and the summer window. Along with a first choice keeper (Butland, Begovic or Hart) in the summer window.
We have a lot of room for improvement, that's for sure. But I, for one, am very happy with the position we are in, with regards to having Koeman in charge, with Walsh & Moshiri.
25 Posted 23/11/2016 at 18:45:55
Thought it was a great little one-two, if he carries on doing smart little things like that I'm sure he'll get his goal soon.
26 Posted 23/11/2016 at 19:03:03
I don't think he literally meant they don't talk. More of a "he's good enough that I only need to watch him to learn" kind of comment.
27 Posted 23/11/2016 at 19:51:57
I am happy also with the staff and owners, but not sure Bolasie was what we needed. Hope I'm wrong though.
29 Posted 23/11/2016 at 22:09:39
I agree with most of what you say, but...
Deulofeu needs a chance to shine! What?… Lukaku's boots! Don't you think this aspiring fancy Dan has had enough chances already? He is not even a reliable sub. Definitely one for the out-door!
30 Posted 23/11/2016 at 23:18:04
Another big problem is that Bolasie wasn't all that we needed; we needed at least one other wide player, at least one other forward, and at least one extra midfielder, plus a top class keeper that could be spoken about in the same breath as Hugo Lloris, Chec, Courtois and De Gea.
This isn't going to happen, I'm not deluded, but if we were to add Fraiser Forster, Cesc Fabregas, Memphis Depay and Kasper Dolberg to Bolasie, Gana, Williams plus the few players around the squad worth keeping, and we will have exactly what we need.
31 Posted 24/11/2016 at 05:36:00
32 Posted 24/11/2016 at 09:39:22
Everything I see points to the fact these guys won't or can't and just don't communicate with each other effectively on the field. Looks pretty cliquey off the pitch too but that's more speculative.
It's a big contributor to the kind of stodgy, one-dimensional and ineffective football we've had to endure for nearly 3 years now.
Williams can do that at the back once Jags is taken out of the firing line. Then add a midfield general to eventually replace Barry, sadly looking increasingly like that won't be Besic, and a play maker with the balls to run a game.
They are out there. We need leaders and winners or the wait for a trophy of any description will go on and on. We're entering year 22 now...
33 Posted 24/11/2016 at 10:18:16
34 Posted 24/11/2016 at 10:41:20
You're delusional mate.
Idrissa has a lot of ability on the ball, and that is why he is a much better all round player than Kante!
Idrissa can pick a pass, run with the ball, and is very capable going forward... The thing holding him back, is Barry's speed (or lack thereof), which means that Idrissa always needs to in a position to cover.
I like Barry, but we need to find a replacement. Strootman fits the bill, and so does Davies.
Strootman in January would be perfect, it will allow Barry to take less of the matches, while Davies will become the second choice behind Strootman over time.
Cleverley is a decent squad player, but I don't see him breaking into the team, Davies is already better & more physical.
35 Posted 24/11/2016 at 11:12:43
God forbid we don't have a situation whereby we don't have Lukaku, Bolasie and Gueye all unavailable.
IMO, apart from Coleman, the rest couldn't find the net if the opposition were all on Rohypnol!
36 Posted 24/11/2016 at 12:47:54
37 Posted 24/11/2016 at 15:41:36
Bolasie and Gueye are off to the African Nations Cup in January for up to 6 weeks. Two down, one to go then.
38 Posted 24/11/2016 at 16:43:21
Don't be so glum! Look on the brightside!
Due to the fact that we are playing on Sunday, you won't have your Saturday night ruined.
39 Posted 28/11/2016 at 14:08:56
40 Posted 28/11/2016 at 15:18:30
Thinking of that, what about simply passing the ball? Are these dying skills – like tackling and jumping to head the ball?
Call me old-fashioned but most of these modern players are simply shite.