Gylfi Sigurdsson’s back must be aching from carrying teams his whole life.
It is not often you come across a top-quality attacking midfielder like Gylfi Sigurdsson, yet here he was, miles away from home, plying his trade in the humble Welsh city of Swansea; a diamond in the rough, a fantasy football managers dream and Swansea City’s best chance of survival.
Indeed, having netted 34 times and assisted a 30 more in 124 league appearances, it comes to us as no surprise that the season the Swans parted with the Iceland international is the same season they flew their last flight and crumbled into the Championship where they remain to this day.
Sigurdsson’s second chance to prove his worth at a big club came in 2017 when Everton made him their record signing for a whopping £45 million (as per BBC Sport).
“Hopefully I will continue to create goals and score goals for the team and contribute to the kind of success we’re seeking at the club,” he said at the time of signing.
“This is an ambitious club and it is clear we are moving in a really good direction. The most important thing is that this team keeps winning games and climbing the table – and does that throughout the season.”
To spend some a huge sum of money on a player represented a real statement of intent from Everton and Bill Kenwright, the latter of which was probably getting sick with the classic jibe ‘where’s the Arteta money, Bill?’ which had been hanging over his head since the Spaniard’s departure in 2011.
Unfortunately, Sigurdsson’s first season at the club proved to be a bit of a flop, scoring just four times – a shade of his former self as the underdogs(swans) champion. But that is hardly surprising given just how poor the whole squad were that campaign. Sam Allardyce is hardly conducive to goalscoring frenzies, is he?
Generally speaking, things have improved under Marco Silva and the marksman has already tripled his tally from last season (12), with a chunk of the season left to play. And though it has not been Everton’s year this time around, there are positive signs with their current form that they can really make an impact next campaign with the Icelander at the forefront of their efforts.
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