Why Gylfi Sigurdsson will have a big season for Everton
Everton have enjoyed a decent start to the new season under new manager Marco Silva, amassing six points in four games. Marco Silva’s attacking style is going to take some time to be fully implemented at Goodison Park but the early signs offer a lot of promise.
Silva is known for his high-intensity and free-flow style of football, something which bodes well for the Everton attackers. While the arrivals of Richarlison, Bernard and Lucas Digne offer a lot of promise and hope, the player who was brought in last summer could be the biggest beneficiary of Silva’s arrival.
Gylfi Sigurdsson, 28, joined Everton from Swansea City last summer and suffered as much as anyone during a highly frustrating season that featured three managers. Sigurdsson was signed by Ronald Koeman to give Everton’s attack a different cutting edge but the Dutchman’s tactics flopped and he was given the marching orders.
Initially, Everton’s Under-23 manager David Unsworth replaced Koeman but his failure to stabilise the club saw the Merseysiders appoint Sam Allardyce. Allardyce did what was asked of him – saved the sinking Everton ship and guided them to a respectable 8th-place finish but oversaw a dull and uninspiring style of football.
At the very minimum, the style of football should change under Silva and that’s only going to benefit the attacking players, especially Sigurdsson. He was undoubtedly the best player at Swansea by a considerable distance and remains one of the most underappreciated footballers in the Premier League.
At a club which lacked stability, the Iceland international constantly produced the goods that kept ticking the Welsh club. Sigurdsson, however, was unfortunate during his time at Tottenham Hotspur as he never clicked under two different managers.
The 28-year-old playmaker managed just six goals in 33 appearances in all competitions in an injury-hit debut campaign at Goodison Park, but with Silva at the helm now, the Toffees supporters could finally get to see the best of the Iceland international, who the club signed for a whopping £45m.
Sigurdsson is a genuine No.10 but drops in the middle of the park to dictate the tempo of the game and only breaks into a more advanced position when his team are in rampant mode. The 28-year-old lacks pace but makes it up with his exquisite dead-ball deliveries and vision. He is a creative player, who under Silva might now find the greater room to operate in a No.10 role and add more potency to the attack.
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With Silva at the helm, Sigurdsson appears to be on an upward spiral and supporters should be excited to see what he can achieve this season.