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Marco Silva's Gylfi Sigurdsson gamble clearly did not pay off
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Marco Silva's Gylfi Sigurdsson gamble clearly did not pay off

Everton lost 1-0 to Brighton yesterday in yet another inconsistent display from Marco Silva’s Toffees. The home side dominated the second-half as Everton failed to come out for the final 45 minutes of the game. The defeat was deserved.

One of the key reasons for their loss was the absence of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

With Everton playing a litany of games in recent weeks it was no surprise to see some players rested. However, Marco Silva will surely not be leaving the Icelandic international out of the first-team again any time soon.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton arrives before the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Everton at the Amex Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle – Everton FC/Everton FC via Getty Images)

His absence was keenly felt as Everton struggled to connect the midfield to attack in any meaningful way.

When it comes to creating chances there are few better in the Premier League than Sigurdsson. Whilst he was absent, Brighton’s own creator Pascal Gross had the Everton defence on the ropes for much of the game.

Everton were vastly improved upon his entrance to proceedings from the bench.

Without his spark, Everton were toiling for much of the game and the Iceman should not be told to put his feet up again anytime soon by the Everton boss.

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