It hasn’t been easy for Gylfi Sigurdsson since his move to Everton, with his first season, in particular, resulting in mixed fortunes for the Icelandic international.
However, he’s grown into the player that we knew he was prior to his move last season, and it’s clear that Marco Silva is beginning to get the best out of him.
That’s good, because, in many ways, Sigurdsson is exactly the sort of player that Silva should be building the team around at Goodison Park.
Agile, technically gifted and smart, Sigurdsson isn’t the most mobile player in the Premier League, but he more than makes up for that in the way he plays. He’s able to find gaps that are invisible to the naked eye, whilst he’s also brilliant at delivering balls that seem impossible.
He’s already registered both goals and assists this season, and he’s quickly turning his form around.
As the attacking midfielder in the team, having been allowed to play back in his preferred number 10 position, he’s the ideal man to build around, in that he’s the hub of everything in midfield. He links the defence and the forward-line, and with his uncanny ability to get involved – he’s always able to make an impact.
He was forced to make do in a team that didn’t suit him last season, but given a bit of encouragement, this season has been a different story entirely.
Sigurdsson recently gained the milestone of bagging 50 Premier League goals, which is impressive for a midfielder – especially one that is more concerned with creativity.
That highlights just how many strings there are to his bow, and it also highlights just how important he can be for Silva this season.