Former footballer Noel Whelan has launched a scathing attack on Gylfi Sigurdsson’s achievements at Everton and thinks Carlo Ancelotti should consider selling up.
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Sigurdsson was part of an Everton side which came under much criticism following their weekend performance in the Merseyside derby, while the Iceland international has not lived up to expectations since his £45m move to Goodison Park in 2017, according to Whelan.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan insisted that Sigurdsson had ‘done nothing’ for the club and Ancelotti will have seen enough by now to determine whether he is worth retaining in his squad.
He said: “It is what it is, he’s not hit the heights of what everyone expected at Everton, he’s actually done nothing at Everton, really.
“So now is the time where Ancelotti has seen enough [and] if someone wants to take him on, fantastic, but I don’t think there’ll be a queue of people to take him on, he’s not done enough.”
Whelan suggests that not only should Ancelotti rid himself of Sigurdsson, but there will be a shortage of teams willing to take him off Everton’s hands.
Perhaps Sigurdsson has therefore become a victim of his pricey transfer from Swansea two-and-a-half years ago, though his goal rate has dropped compared to his record in Wales, while his assist rate has also suffered – with a goal involvement ratio of 0.51 per game for the Swans dipping to just 0.36 per game at Everton.
That potentially illustrates the decline of his performances with the midfielder now in his thirties and backs up Whelan’s theory that he has not done enough since making his switch to Merseyside.
Given Everton’s poor start to the season overall, Sigurdsson may yet be offered some respite by the new manager, but with the 30-year-old looking a shadow of the man who contributed to 21 goals last term (with just two goals and an assist this year), it seems his performance level has lowered regardless.
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