By Neil Wood
Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson has been linked relentlessly with a big money move to Premier League rivals Everton throughout the summer transfer window, with The Guardian today stating that the Welsh side have rejected a £45 million offer from the Toffees.
But the question is where would he feature at Goodison Park and what would he bring to Ronald Koeman’s ambitious side?
Sigurdsson did not travel to the USA with his Swansea team-mates and it is widely anticipated a move is imminent – if Everton meet his widely publicised £50 million valuation.
The Toffees currently have a plethora of talent with Wayne Rooney, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ross Barkley and Davy Klaassen all capable of excelling in the playmaker role.
Add into this the emergence of Kieran Dowell from the Everton under-23 squad and it is questionable as to what would justify such a mammoth price tag.
However, statistics show that Iceland international Sigurdsson was exceptional last season, weighing in with nine goals and 13 assists for Swansea – almost single-handedly keeping them from relegation.
In the two previous campaigns he registered 11 goals in the 2015/16 season and seven in 2014/15 respectively, which highlights his consistency at the top level.
If Sigurdsson can continue in the same vain, Everton’s hopes of breaking into the top four will feel far more achievable and will surely see opposing teams sitting up and taking note.
The Toffees have been crying out for goals from midfield for a number of years and despite the high regard for Barkley, it can be argued he has not delivered consistently.
Sigurdsson’s signing would give Koeman a very difficult selection headache but one that can only be a positive for Everton.
With reported further additions coming soon, the team-sheet on week one will be distinctly different to last year’s starting line-up.
If Everton can also manage to tie Barkley down to a deal then the strength in depth of the squad going into a European campaign will be befitting of a side with lofty ambitions.
Koeman’s forward line could consist of Sigurdsson, Rooney, Ramirez, Barkley and Klaassen – this would strike fear into the hearts of most defensive units.
Regardless of what other signings come in, Sigurdsson is clearly being courted as a key player and one that fans hope can help propel Everton back to the top.