Marco Silva needs to make a bold call and drop out-of-sorts Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Iceland international missed a penalty as his struggles continued on international duty. Sigurdsson’s form for Everton has been poor this season and it is time for Silva to make a statement by dropping him to the bench.
Over the years, Sigurdsson has built up a reputation as a midfield playmaker. He made the number 10 spot his own at Goodison Park, contributing with goals and assists. But this season has been different.
With no goals and just one assist in the Premier League this season, Sigurdsson is struggling. His poor performances continued during the international break and it is time to give him a rest.
Iwobi shines in number 10 role
Taking Sigurdsson out of the firing line could be an inspired decision by Silva if it brings the best out of Alex Iwobi. So far, the former Arsenal man has been used as a winger or as a substitute.
But the Nigerian midfielder, 23, was influential in the number 10 role against Sheffield Wednesday. Iwobi deserves a chance to play centrally in the league and dropping Sigurdsson could facilitate this tactical change.
Bernard returns to starting line-up
Bernard has been the one to miss out in recent games. The Brazilian winger was sat on the bench watching Richarlison, Sigurdsson and Iwobi forming the attacking midfield line against Burnley.
With pace, skill and the ability to create chances, Bernard should be given another chance in the starting line-up. Richarlison on the right, Bernard on the left and Iwobi through the middle could inspire Everton to victory over West Ham.