By Noel Whelan

28th Dec, 2020 | 1:10pm

Exclusive: Whelan wowed by 'Deadly' Everton midfielder amid 'Massive' transformation

Gylfi Sigurdsson has been a victim of his price tag but is finally coming good for Everton this season.

That is the view of former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 31-year-old’s “massive” performance against Sheffield United on Saturday.

Sigurdsson scored the winner as Carlo Ancelotti’s side climbed to second in the table last weekend with a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane.

The Toffees welcome Manchester City to Goodison Park tonight with Iceland international expected to start his fifth consecutive Premier League game in the absence of James Rodriguez and Richarlison.

Whelan believes Everton are finally starting to see the player they paid £45million for in August 2017.

“I think he has been a victim of his price tag,” he told Football Insider. “He has not delivered the goods that people expected.

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“He is now having a little bit more joy under a manager that trusts him. Ancelotti is bringing out the best in him and he is loving life again.

“It is strange what happens to players under a new manager. The quality that has been added to the squad raises everyones game. Right now we are seeing a great, creative central midfielder player who is deadly from set pieces.

“He got on the scoresheet against Sheffield United and it was a massive goal. He was brave, he got into an area where he could affect the game and took his chance ever so well.

“Sigurdsson is a player who has been questioned throughout his time at Everton but he is coming good.”

In other news, a 106-goal former Premier League striker has blasted an Everton midfielder for his recent form.