Gylfi Sigurdsson has produced some special individual moments since he joined Everton, but it looks like he’s lost his X-factor.
The Toffees signed the attacking midfielder for around £45million (BBC) back in the 2017 summer transfer window and it’s fair to say his form has dropped off massively in the past year.
He’s played 27 games across all competitions this season for the Merseyside club, scoring just two goals and supplying two assists in return.
The playmaker has shown in the past he can torment defences in the Premier League and be a serious goal threat, something that he’s struggled to do at Goodison Park this season.
Everton’s Richarlison has been discussing a group of first-team players that has been doing extra training to improve their finishing.
“My finishing has improved, I do extra work with Gylfi [Sigurdsson], Dominic and Bernard and we compete to be the best. We are doing it every day and you can see the results in games,” Richarlison said, as quote by the club’s official website.
A number of Everton individuals have kicked on since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti as manager in December, but Sigurdsson still appears to be stuck in a rot and the question has to be asked whether his best days are behind him.
The 30-year-old looks lightweight defensively when slotted into a central midfield role, while when he’s placed a little further forward he’s not quite providing the creative spark.
He’s a long way off his tally of 14 goals and seven assists from last season across all competitions, which is why he needs to try finish this campaign strongly to prove he can still play an important role going forward.
Ancelotti is giving the £100,000-a-week star (Spotrac) plenty of chances and he needs to now rediscover the kind of form from earlier in his career to show he deserves a permanent spot in the XI for next season.