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Magaye Serigne Falilou Dit Nelson Gueye (born 6 July 1990) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for English club Everton. He is a former French youth and under-21 international, but in 2012 he accepted a call up from Senegal for the Olympic games tournament, eligible due to his Senegalese parentage. Prior to signing with Everton, Gueye played for RC Strasbourg in France.

Club careerEdit

StrasbourgEdit

Gueye was born in Nogent-sur-Marne to Senegalese parents[3] and began his career in the Île-de-France region playing for local club US Lognes in the eastern suburbs of Paris. In 2002, at the age of 12, he joined the youth academy of RC Strasbourg.[4] Gueye quickly progressed through the youth ranks, where he helped the under-18 squad reach the semi-finals of the 2008 Coupe Gambardella. For the 2008–09 season, he was promoted to the club's Championnat de France amateur team, appearing in 13 matches and scoring two goals. He also assisted on three goals. On 30 October, Gueye signed his first professional contract, agreeing to a three-year deal until June 2012.[5] He was officially promoted to the senior team and assigned the number 4 shirt.

Gueye made his professional debut on 3 November 2008 in the club's league match against Lens appearing as a substitute for the Brazilian Marcos in a 1–1 draw.[6] He made his first career start several months later on 10 April 2009, this time in a 4–1 defeat to Lens.[7] Gueye switched to the number 8 shirt for the 2009–10 season and scored his first professional goal in the club's first match of the season against Istres in the Coupe de la Ligue. However, Strasbourg lost the match 6–1.[8] He continued his streak of proficient goalscoring by scoring a goal in each of the club's first five league matches against Châteauroux, Laval, Arles-Avignon, Ajaccio, and Sedan.[9][10][11][12][13] Gueye later suffered a severe groin injury and missed both November and December.

Following the winter break, he returned to the team and in his first match back, he provided the assist for Strasbourg's only goal in their 3–1 loss to Olympique Lyonnais in the Coupe de France. However, later in the match, Gueye suffered an injury to his knee. The injury was, initially, diagnosed as torn ligaments, however, after further medical analysis, it was reduced to only a sprain. Gueye missed six weeks, as opposed to six months had he torn the ligaments.[14]

EvertonEdit

In June 2010, Gueye joined English club Everton, signing a five-year contract, for a fee of £1m.[15] He made his début in a 1–0 victory over Sydney FC on a pre-season tour of Australia the following month.[16] Gueye scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 victory over Brisbane Roar a week later.[17] He made his competitive début for the Blues in their first League Cup match of the 2010–11 season, starting on the field in a 5–1 victory over Huddersfield Town.[18] His first league appearance for Everton came on 2 April 2011, as a substitute for Séamus Coleman in a 2–2 draw against Aston Villa.[19] His first Premier League start was in a 3–0 win against Wolves on 9 April 2011.[20] Gueye was influential in Everton's FA Cup quarter-final replay victory at Sunderland on 27 March 2012, assisting Nikica Jelavic for Everton's first of the game and securing the club's third appearance at Wembley Stadium in as many years. On 9 April 2012, Gueye's first Premier League goal came in a 4–0 win over Sunderland, smashing in the opener from a rebound from a Leon Osman effort. He also made two assists in the match.[21] He scored his first goal of the 2012/13 season on 29 August 2012, volleying in a Séamus Coleman cross in a League Cup second round tie at home to Leyton Orient.

InternationalEdit

FranceEdit

Gueye featured with the under-16 team early on during his development, but appeared with neither the under-17s or the under-18s in competition. He returned with the under-19 team making his debut in an under-19 tournament held in Denmark. He participated with the team in the qualification for the 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship scoring goals against Malta and Latvia. In the tournament, he scored the team's only goal in their 1–3 loss to England in the semi-finals. On 27 August, he was called up to the under-21 team for their 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification matches against Slovenia and the Ukraine. He earned his first under-21 cap in the match against Slovenia appearing as a substitute. On 12 May 2010, Gueye was called up to the under-20 team by coach Patrick Gonfalone to participate in the 2010 Toulon Tournament. In the team's second group stage match against Japan, he scored the second goal, converting a penalty, in the team's 4–1 victory.[22]

SenegalEdit

In June 2012, Gueye completed paperwork to become eligible to represent Senegal internationally.[23] The following month, he accepted a call-up from Joseph Koto and was named in Senegal's Olympic squad for London 2012 Summer Olympics football tournament.[24]

Career statisticsEdit

As of as of match played 7 January 2013.
Club Division Season League Cup[nb 1] League Cup[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Strasbourg Ligue 2 2008–09 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
2009–10 24 9 3 2 1 1 1 1 0 27 11 4
Total 27 9 3 2 1 1 1 1 0 30 11 4
Everton Premier League 2010–11 5 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 2 8 0 3
2011–12 17 1 2 6 0 2 1 0 0 24 1 4
2012–13 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 1 5 1 1
Total 24 1 2 8 0 3 5 1 3 37 2 8
Career total 51 10 5 10 1 4 6 2 3 67 13 12