Garth Crooks has claimed that Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has now got Gylfi Sigurdsson playing at his best again.
Sigurdsson, 31, had a slow start to this season with some fairly ineffective performances and it looked like he’d gone far past his peak.
But the £100,000-a-week star (Spotrac) has enjoyed a resurgence in December to rediscover some of his former self and he’s started in three back-to-back victories in the Premier League.
The attacking midfielder scored the winner against Chelsea, as well as put in impressive displays in victories over Leicester City and Arsenal to leave them fourth in the Premier League table over Christmas.
BBC pundit named Sigurdsson in his team of the week following his display over the weekend against Arsenal, which included an assist from a corner he described as a “peach of a ball”.
“Against Arsenal, it was Sigurdsson again who delivered another peach of a ball, this time for Yerry Mina to head home. Mina’s movement for the goal was matched only by the quality of the Iceland international’s delivery. Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti has got Sigurdsson playing again,” Crooks told BBC Sport.
Sigurdsson has never quite lived up to the £45million (BBC) transfer fee that Everton spent on him back in 2017 to sign from Swansea City, although he’s capable of flashes of brilliance and has given glimpses at Goodison Park.
The Iceland playmaker can help himself massively though if he can play an important role in helping the Merseyside club finish in a European position this season.
It’s opened up for him recently to force his way back into the XI and right now looks a nailed-on starter in Ancelotti’s XI.