Why Everton Should Sign Gylfi Sigurdsson In The Summer
The Premier League campaign endured by Swansea City wasn’t an easy one by any stretch of imagination. The Swans spent a majority of the season in the bottom three, owing to some very poor performances, along with constant managerial changes. Along with that, none of their summer signings except Fernando Llorente clicked. With Llorente, The Swans had another unsung hero in the form of Gylfi Sigurdsson, whose 9 goals and 14 assists surely kept the Welsh team’s head above the relegation waters during the fag end of the season.
The Icelandic international took quite an unconventional route in his initial footballing days, starting off as a teenager with Reading, before heading to Germany where Hoffenheim was the place he called home for a bit. Some good form there and a half-year loan spell at current club Swansea lead to a blockbuster move to Tottenham Hotspur, where he impressed but never enough to become one of the stars of the team. He was instead shunted off to Swansea on a permanent deal, where he has now become one of the key cogs of a team that managed to escape relegation in the last few weeks of the season.
Surely, given his performances at The Liberty Stadium this term, there is bound to be some interest in the 27-year old attacking midfielder. Certainly, any mid table club could do with the prowess of Gylfi, who is a potent threat when deployed behind the main striker. This is a role that he particularly enjoys as it gives him the freedom to take up the playmaking responsibilities of the team as well as giving him the option to make late runs into the box to get on the scoresheet himself. His 9 goals this season certainly doesn’t make him a lull in front of goal.
Everton, in particular, have been linked with a move for Sigurdsson given Swansea’s uncertain performances this season. Daily Mirror are now reporting that the Merseyside club have agreed a £25m fee with Swansea.
And at 27, Gylfi will know that time is running out to fulfil his potential which was once very highly spoken of when Spurs signed him from Germany. The Blue side of Merseyside certainly fits the bill as Gylfi’s next choice of destination. Under Koeman, they have been playing an attractive form of football, receiving plaudits from everyone.
Whether or not Romelu Lukaku, who ended the season as the Premier League’s second highest scorer behind Tottenham’s Harry Kane, will stay at Everton is a different story but certainly, he will benefit from the presence of a playmaker like Gylfi Sigurdsson. Surely, Barkley has impressed this term but it’s pretty much an open secret that Koeman expects more from the talismanic English midfielder. Having a player of Sigurdsson’s abilities will also increase the competition for places and that could spur the likes of Barkley, Davies, and Mirallas to step their performances up a notch.
At the moment, however, it remains to be seen if he stays put at Swansea. The temptation to move elsewhere will be looming large as Gylfi has surely caught everyone’s eye with some scintillating performances this term, sometimes single-handedly carrying the Swansea team over the victory line, being assisted by Llorente’s 15 goals of course. This shows that he can strike up a partnership with a good target man, as he has done in the past with Adebayor at Spurs, Wilfried Bony, and Gomis at Swansea.
For now, Gylfi remains a Swansea player until a club registers concrete interest in him, which might lead to a move. Everton have a similar set up to Swansea and hence the move from the Liberty Stadium to Goodison Park makes perfect sense for him.
It awaits to be seen if the move actually happens. If it does, it is sure to benefit both Everton and the player himself hugely, whose performances have been screaming out for a place in a bigger team for quite some time now. With Everton competing in the Europa League next term, they could certainly do with the services of Gylfi Sigurdsson.