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Opinion: Rejuvenated Sigurdsson thriving in No.10 role at Everton

Opinion: Rejuvenated Sigurdsson thriving in No.10 role at Everton

Everton took all three points from their first home game of the season after beating Southampton 2-1 at Goodison Park.

And new signing Richarlison was on the scoresheet for the Toffees again on Saturday following his brace against Wolves.

The Brazilian made it 2-0 in the 31st minute after Theo Walcott had given Everton the lead on 15 minutes.

Southampton’s deadline-day addition Danny Ings pulled one back in the second half, but it was not enough for Mark Hughes’ men.

Having scored in back-to-back games, much of the plaudits will go to Richarlison, especially considering the scrutiny that came with his expensive transfer to Goodison Park.

And while the former Watford man did have another good game, it was Gylfi Sigurdsson who was at the heart of practically every attack.

Like Richarlison, Sigurdsson arrived in Merseyside for big money and with a lot of expectation attached.

However, in contrast to his new team-mate, £27m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Sigurdsson struggled to deliver.

Things would pick up for Sigurdsson once Ronald Koeman was sacked and replaced by Sam Allardyce, but the 28-year-old’s form paled in comparison to the form he showed at previous club Swansea City.

Last season, though, Sigurdsson was often forced to play out wide instead of his preferred No.10 position — something which Marcos Silva has since changed.

With the Portuguese coach now at the helm, Sigurdsson has been moved into a role just behind the striker and is absolutely thriving there.

Against Southampton, Sigurdsson linked up with the likes of Richarlison and Walcott extremely well, creating the kind of chances people had become accustomed to him producing at Swansea.

He is not at his creative best yet, though, but the early signs under Silva are promising and Everton supporters will now be expecting to see Sigurdsson perform on a consistent basis.

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