Gylfi Sigurdsson does not have the pace or athleticism of his Everton teammates but he is still a matchwinner after reviving his career.
That is according to former England and Premier League star Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Sigurdsson’s man-of-the-match performance in Everton’s 5-4 victory over Spurs on Wednesday.
Sigurdsson —who scored from the spot in the FA Cup fifth-round tie and finished the match with 92% pass accuracy [Wyscout] — became the club’s record signing when he joined from Swansea for £45million in 2017.
But he has seen a flood of new recruits arrive since then, with the likes of James Rodriguez providing competition for him in the attacking-midfield role.
Mills heaped praise on Ancelotti for his continued faith in Sigurdsson despite an influx of glamorous additions.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “He’s a quality player. He’s got untold ability. I mean, he cost £45m.
“He did very, very well at Swansea. His goal return is quite good, one-in-five or one-in-six, for an attacking-midfielder that’s not too shabby. I think he knows that he needs to play in a certain position. He’s a number 10, he’s not really comfortable anywhere else on the pitch is he?
“If you put him in that advanced midfield area and give him a bit of license, he showed what he can do.
“It’s great man-management from Ancelotti. They brought in these new signings, they’ve got pace, they’ve got athleticism which he (Sigurdsson) hasn’t.
“But Ancelotti deserves credit for not freezing anyone out, even with the likes of Rodriguez coming in.”
Sigurdsson has played 122 times for Everton since joining the club.
The 78-time Iceland international has scored 22 goals and registered 14 assists in that time.