The Liverpool Echo’s Sam Carroll has recently heaped praise on Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson but cast doubt over his future with Everton.
Sigurdsson has been situated at Goodison Park since the summer of 2017, with the Toffees having forked out a whopping £44.46m to seal his arrival from Swansea City (per Transfermarkt).
Since then, he has made 130 appearances for the Merseyside outfit, in which he has managed to score 26 goals and provide 19 assists.
On his current deal with Everton, the 31-year-old attacking midfielder has until the summer of 2022 and his market value stands at £16.2m according to Transfermarkt.
During the latest episode of the Liverpool Echo’s Royal Blue: The Everton FC Podcast, Carroll praised Sigurdsson, however, aired some doubt over his future at Goodison Park.
He said: “Rewind six or seven weeks, I think his contract’s up at the end of next season, isn’t it? So, we’re now heading into the final 18 months of his contract.
“I think some people would have been [asking], ‘Can we get rid of him in the summer?’ and, ultimately, we still might have to because of the wage he’s on, depending on where they want to take the midfield.
“He’s now starting to turn in performances where you think, ‘Hang on.’ He’s playing really, really well and I think what impressed me against Sheffield United – he’s so strong and he’s got such a good first touch on him.
“I genuinely think he was brilliant against Sheffield United, so, it’ll be interesting.
“Right now, [he’s] definitely one of the first names on the teamsheet and he’s changing opinions with that as well. It’s just good to see.”
TIF Thoughts on what Sam Carroll said about Gylfi Sigurdsson…
As can be seen in what the journalist had to say, he believes that the Icelandic middleman has been much improved recently, however, he may still leave the club in the summer.
Should Everton sell Gylfi Sigurdsson in the summer?
No, he's worth keeping
Yes, he needs to go
Certainly, during the 2019/20 season, a return of two goals and three assists from Sigurdsson was poor as he earned a 6.65/10 average rating over 35 Premier League appearances (per WhoScored).
This term, he has been a little more prolific for this stage of the campaign as he has bagged two goals and two assists in 14 appearances.
However, his performances have only been marginally better on average as he has earned a 6.71/10 average rating.
So, perhaps the 31-year-old middleman will have to do a little more to persuade Ancelotti that he is worth keeping at Goodison Park.