Everton boss Ronald Koeman has singled out new signing Idrissa Gana Gueye for special praise after his efforts in early season.
The summer signing is already looking a steal at £7.1million from relegated Aston Villa and he has been praised by Koeman for his efforts in the win over newly-promoted Middlesbrough.
“He was outstanding, perfect in every aspect of football,” Koeman told reporters.
“Of course he is winning a lot of second balls and tackles but he showed composure on the ball, always trying to play forwards.
“It is a fantastic signing for the club and I hope we keep him for a long time.”
Alongside him was the evergreen Gareth Barry, who will be 36 in February, making his 600th Premier League appearance with Koeman hinting the midfielder could go on for another two years.
“It is important to have a balance in your squad, young players, experienced players, and Gareth football-wise is one of the most clever players on the pitch,” said the Dutchman.
“If you don’t need to run a lot of distance then he can play two years more than this season.
“We need to support him. We can’t do all the training sessions which the rest do but we keep the boy fit as he is important for the team.”