Gylfi Sigurdsson has been transformed since Carlo Ancelotti took charge at Everton, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, heralded the Italian’s man-management skills after what he heard after the 1-0 win over West Brom.
Ancelotti revealed how he replaced Lucas Digne with Sigurdsson on corners immediately before the Toffees’ winner at the Hawthorns.
The Iceland international delivered the cross for Richarlison’s winner 43 seconds after coming on as a substitute.
Sigurdsson has now contributed four goals and four assists for Everton this season.
Whelan lauded Ancelotti’s impact on the midfielder and insisted it was an excellent bit of man-management.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He’s brought the best out of Sigurdsson since he’s been at the club.
“Ancelotti’s put a lot of trust into him. I think he’s managing the players superbly. He’s changing the team when needed. Players are rising up to show that quality and fight for the manager.
“When you know as a manager someone’s got that sort of quality and delivery and you need a breakthrough, absolutely give him the opportunity to put the ball in.
“It’s like taking a set piece or a free-kick, I’m sure Sigurdsson would be all over that as well. Great man-management, great information and execution of the corner which led to the goal.
“It seems like everything’s falling into place right now for Everton.”
Ancelotti told Everton’s official site: “I think it was important for Gylfi to take the corner [straight after coming on].
“Lucas [Digne] was taking the corner and I said it was better to have Gylfi because, with his swinging delivery, we are more dangerous.”