Gylfi Sigurdsson Everton transfer a good move?
FootyOn analyse the potential Gylfi Sigurdsson Everton transfer and assess what the Iceland international can bring to Goodison Park.
The Toffees have been involved in a summer shopping spree during this transfer window.
After rallying to seventh place in the Premier League last season, Ronald Koeman is preparing to go even further next term.
The Dutchman has plenty of funds to spend thanks to £75,000,000 departure of former striker Romelu Lukaku.
He joined Manchester United, while Everton also oversaw the return of Wayne Rooney to their ranks.
Meanwhile, the likes of Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen are other high-profile summer signings.
Despite such top names arriving on the scene, Koeman’s priority has been Iceland ace Sigurdsson.
The Swansea City playmaker has returned to prominence on Welsh territory after stuttering previously at Tottenham.
But will a Sigurdsson Everton transfer become a successful business move for both parties?
Stats prove Sigurdsson’s attacking worth
Sigurdsson’s attacking abilities were clear to see last term with the Swans.
The Iceland attacker was superb and rediscovered his form to become the club’s main man.
Throughout the course of the domestic campaign, Sigurdsson managed to bag an impressive nine goals.
On top of that, the 27-year-old also created 13 assists, the third-most in the Premier League in 2016/17.
Only Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (18) and Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen (15) made more.
The closest Toffees player to that tally was Ross Barkley, who finished on eight assists for the season.
England international Barkley is one Everton star that could yet depart the blue half of Merseyside.
The 23-year-old fell out of favour with Koeman previously and is missing the pre-season tour through injury.
Versatility a boost but past Spurs stutters worrying
In the current climate, £40,000,000 still seems an excessive amount, but lesser players have been sold on for similar prices.
Sigurdsson’s main threat comes through the centre, off the striker, which could well be Rooney next season on Merseyside.
But he is also more than capable of featuring strongly on the left side of midfield.
With so many other creative attackers available at Koeman’s disposable, a mix and match could bring him much success next term.
But, in spite of Sigurdsson’s impressive form, his previous problems in London with Spurs are a stark reminder of what can occur in the top tier.
Arriving from Hoffenheim in 2012 for £8,800,000, the Icelandic forward failed to have the same impact he did more recently.
The attacking midfielder struggled immensely in the capital was eventually offloaded to Wales in 2014.
With an even greater price-tag potentially hanging over his head soon, could the same scenario occur again?
Sigurdsson will hope to avoid another stuttering switch if Everton agree such a deal, but he has proved his worth in recent outings and looks likely of continuing a surge at Goodison.