Lots of Everton fans have been reacting on social media after Gylfi Sigurdsson urged the club to remain united during a challenging period for the Toffees.
Sigurdsson has called for unity after Sunday’s defeat at Leicester City left the club just two points above the Premier League relegation places, and mounted further pressure on Marco Silva’s position as head coach.
The boss is now thought to be on the brink of losing his job after overseeing our eighth league defeat of the campaign, although he will remain in charge for Wednesday night’s Merseyside Derby at Liverpool.
Defeat at Anfield could leave us inside the bottom three if Southampton beat 19th-placed Norwich City on Wednesday, while the Canaries can pull level on points with us but would remain behind on goal difference.
Liverpool are only the starting point of a challenging run of games for us, too, and Sigurdsson is well aware that taking points from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal could change how things look at Goodison Park.
“The performance was better than last week [against Norwich City],” Sigurdsson said, via quotes by the Independent. “We have to keep going, look at the videos, stick together and stay positive.
“We have a lot of games coming up where we can change this.
“We’ve come away with as many points as we did last week, that’s the frustrating thing, but we have another game on Wednesday which is a big one for us.”
Should Silva bench Sigurdsson?
Yes, and start Iwobi
No, he has to play
Yes, and start Bernard
Some fans have been reacting to Sigurdsson’s comments by suggesting that he ought to be performing at a higher level than he has been of late, with the 30-year-old Iceland international without a goal to his name since scoring at home to West Ham United in October.
His strike against the Hammers was Sigurdsson’s sole league goal of the campaign thus far, and is yet to add to his sole assist recorded at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the start of September.
Sigurdsson has been key to Silva’s plans this season, having featured in each of our Premier League matches and all bar one of our Carabao Cup ties to date.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Sigurdsson’s call for unity…
Should never play for us again
— Sayantan Bal (@sayantan_01) December 2, 2019
Never mind unity, who about getting your finger out!
— Steve Gooding (@SteveGooding10) December 2, 2019
Been some1 who has backed Gylfi, but have to say this Season he has been dreadful, how dare he say all that unity stuff, he was made Captain yesterday n i struggle to remember him even touching the ball never mind supporting the only one in Midfield Tom D, n TD gets all the blame
— Hywel Jones (@HywelJones2) December 2, 2019
Would imagine silva is calling for Gylfi to turn up once it while.
— doyles (@toffee5000) December 2, 2019
l bet they all put their names in a hat after a game and who ever gets pulled out does a rallying cry
— Obsessedwith Everton (@ObsessedwithEv1) December 2, 2019
Gylfi should put some effort in and he may see the fortunes turning
— andyjsb (@andyjsb) December 2, 2019
Another rallying cry,that should do the trick
— Leeefc56 (@Leeefc56) December 2, 2019
Should be sold next summer.
— Raumdeuter. (@exiledtoffee) December 2, 2019
In other Everton news, a former Premier League club executive has tipped a lower-league manager to be the ideal replacement for Silva.