Sigurdsson: This is how Allardyce has transformed Everton in a week
Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson says the arrival of the club’s new manager Sam Allardyce has helped him to improve his recent form.
Since Allardyce arrived at Goodison Park eight days ago, the Toffees have won back-to-back matches against West Ham United and newly-promoted Huddersfield Town.
Sigurdsson said that the arrival of the new manager has helped install confidence into himself and his Everton teammates.
“We know what he wants and he explains it very well. He looks after the players very well to get the best out of them. He’s very experienced and I think that will benefit us,” he told BBC Sport.
“Confidence was not where it should be. Personally I was not scoring or setting up goals and I feel like that’s my job to provide for the team. In the last few games I’ve managed to turn that around.”
Allardyce appears to be turning things around already at Goodison Park. The former England boss was finally confirmed as the permanent replacement for Ronald Koeman, who was sacked in October.
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Sigurdsson joined Everton from Premier League rivals Swansea for a club record fee of £45million, has been criticised at times for his performances this season.
However, the Icelandic intentional scored The Toffees’ first goal in the 2-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday in the new manager’s first game in charge.
Everton are now up to tenth place in the Premier League table, but face a difficult test against rivals Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the season at Anfield on Sunday.
The Toffees have struggled defensively this season and will come up against a Liverpool side who have scored 15 goals in their last three matches.