Supporters of Everton have been slating Gylfi Sigurdsson after quotes from the Icelandic midfielder were relayed on social media.
In an interview with Everton’s official website, the former Swansea City man revealed that he was not sure if Carlo Ancelotti was joking when he asked him to play a new role in the Italian’s favoured 4-4-2 formation (via @TheGwladysSt), which had fans slating him.
?Gylfi Sigurdsson on his new role in the 4-4-2 formation. “I thought he [Ancelotti] was joking. Carlo is a very experienced and successful manager and we have a good relationship.” #EFC pic.twitter.com/KExx1Dqh0C
— The Gwladys Street (@TheGwladysSt) March 31, 2020
What’s his roll? Hide behind players an stroll his way through 90mins?
— Nick Williams (@nickwillo4efc) March 31, 2020
We all think he’s joking when the team sheet comes out too
— JG (@gilders1978) March 31, 2020
Only joke here is you pal
— Sir Joseph the Second (@sirjosephthe2nd) March 31, 2020
Do you believe that Gylfi Sigurdsson is unfairly criticised by many Everton supporters?
Yes, offers more than people suggest
No, he's really just not good enough
Over the duration of the Premier League season so far, the 30-year-old midfielder has been the Toffees’ tenth-best performer in the league with a respectable 6.68/10 average rating (per WhoScored).
However, the supposedly attacking middleman has only contributed one goal and two assists in 26 league outings (per WhoScored), leaving many frustrated.
What’s his role? Being a ghost for 90 mins?
— Josh #StayAtHome (@YeraldMina13) March 31, 2020
To be fair, I thought he was joking when he played you left mid
— Leigh Parry (@parryateverton) March 31, 2020
Biggest joke when you got the captaincy and never took it on
— William (@Will72427610) March 31, 2020
Where does he actually play then? Other than Attacking Centre Hidden
— ParkEndBadgeScarf (@BadgeEnd) March 31, 2020
What do we think?
While supporters are quick to criticise Sigurdsson, the midfielder, who is valued at £25.2 million (as per Transfermarkt), has still made the second-most key passes (1.8) and third-most crosses (1.3) per Premier League game on average for Everton (per WhoScored).
However, supporters seem set in their opinion that the former Tottenham Hotspur man does not offer enough creativity for Ancelotti’s side.