Why Gylfi Sigurdsson’s form could be key for Everton this season
Everton have made a rather ordinary start to the season, sitting in 8th position in the table with 15 points from nine games. It is clearly evident that the team is still getting used to the new system of manager Marco Silva, who was appointed this summer.
The Toffees have struggled to replace Romelu Lukaku after the Belgian striker left them for Manchester United last summer. As a result, they really had to depend on goals from other players to make up the numbers last season.
This season as well, they are struggling for goals from their front-line strikers. Cenk Tosun, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse have laboured without scoring much. The former two have scored two each this season.
Everton have only netted 15 goals in nine games, with Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring four each and Theo Walcott netting two. That makes it 10 goals from wide players and the attacking midfielder.
However, there is one player in the list whose form could be key to the team, partly because of the striker crisis – Sigurdsson. Here’s why:
Gylfi Sigurdsson – A key player for Everton
The Iceland international has been pivotal in the games where Everton have done well. He plays in the No.10 position and links up the play between the midfield and the attack. Furthermore, he has been doing a bulk of the scoring job as well this season.
The £45m Everton signing has an array of attributes in his locker, hence, he can contribute to the team in other ways even if he stops scoring regularly. He is a very good direct free-kick taker and delivers deadly balls into the box from corners and indirect set-pieces too.
Since Everton are struggling for goals and chances this season, Sigurdsson’s form should be key for them. If the Icelander keeps on scoring and creating chances, the Toffees can hope for better things in the future. The likes of Richarlison and Walcott can add to the goals tally even if the strikers don’t contribute.
Sooner than later, Marco Silva and his men must look for a permanent solution and sign a prolific striker. Until then, Sigurdsson’s performances could be a vital factor in shaping the Merseyside club’s season. Everything goes through the team’s playmaker, which epitomises his importance.