Amid grumblings of “not in my day”, Fabinho has been cited as an inspiration by Everton’s Djibril Sidibe. The Toffee’s defender has talked of how he keeps himself motivated as he looks to gain regular football at Goodison Park.
Everton signed Djibril Sidibe on loan from Monaco at the start of the season. The full back told L’Este Eclair that his former Monaco teammate was a good role model as he waited for his chance at Everton:
“It’s up to you to show the boss that you deserve to play…Last year, Lucas Digne experienced the same integration…Fabinho, in Liverpool, it was even more difficult, much longer. He hardly played in the first season. Today, he is indisputable.”
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The bitters are going to hate reading that. For a new arrival at Goodison, there are a few moves more foolish than praising a Liverpool player.
The cross-Stanley Park rivalry has been known as the friendly derby over the years – brothers and sisters split into Blue and Red for seemingly no reason other than their gut. Any animosity in the fixture has typically been of a sibling nature, with the two sets of fans coming together whenever it really matters. Despite this, comments of admiration such as those made about Fabinho by Djibril Sidibe have been few and far between.
Sidibe couldn’t get on the pitch at the start of this season but has found himself playing the full 90 minutes in each of Everton’s last four games. Having played with Fabinho at Monaco, it is no wonder that he looked to the Brazilian as motivation for winning his place in the side, particularly given that Fabby didn’t make a Premier League appearance for Liverpool until October of last year.