Former Everton star Peter Reid has given his thoughts on the plight of the Toffees so far this season, and believes one of their problems is that Gylfi Sigurdsson is being played out of position.
Ronald Koeman spent big on an overhaul of his squad in the summer, bringing the likes of Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane and Sandro Ramirez in for big money.
He then finished his transfer business by breaking the Everton club record when he purchased Sigurdsson from Swansea City for £45 million.
The Iceland international scored a wonder goal in the Europa League earlier in the season, but that aside he is yet to fully convince in his time at Goodison Park, despite his big price tag.
Reid believes Koeman is partly to blame for Sigurdsson’s slow start, suggesting that the record signing should be playing more centrally, a position he excelled in for Swansea over the last three seasons.
“I don’t think that at Swansea, Sigurdsson played left side,” Reid was quoted as saying in an interview in The Independent.
“He was at the hub and, without being too critical of Mr Koeman, if I am buying a player for £45m, I want him to play in his position.”
One reason why Sigurdsson has been playing in an unaccustomed role has been that Koeman brought two other number tens to the club in Klaassen and Wayne Rooney.
That has led to the Icelandic star playing on the left hand side of the attacking unit, with mixed results it has to be said.
Toffees fans will have been pleased to see the attacking ace in excellent form for his country in the international break. Sigurdsson excelled as Iceland beat Turkey and Kosovo to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer.
All supporters of the Goodison outfit will be hoping that he continues the high levels of performance he showed over the weekend, when Everton head to Brighton in their first Premier League match in two weeks on Sunday, and Reid believes that will happen if the 28-year-old plays in his preferred position.