By Michael Brown

5th Jan, 2021 | 6:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: Ancelotti may bin Sigurdsson amid reported Everton update

Michael Brown has suggested Everton should decide whether to keep Gylfi Sigurdson on board in the summer. 

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the Toffees can afford to be patient over the 31-year-old’s future on Merseyside after a hit-and-miss couple of seasons.

The Daily Mail report that Everton are considering handing the Iceland international a new long-term deal, with his current terms set to expire in the summer of 2022.

Sigurdsson started the season as a bit-part player under Carlo Ancelotti, with just one start in the club’s opening five league games, but has scored twice in five consecutive top-flight starts in recent weeks.

However, he did struggle in the 1-0 defeat to West Ham and was hooked after just 64 minutes.

Brown has suggested the Toffees do not need to rush into a decision and that Carlo Ancelotti can assess whether to keep the Icelandic ace on board in the summer.

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Asked if he thought Everton should hand the midfielder a new deal, Brown told Football Insider: “It depends on where Everton are, they don’t need to rush at that yet, they can look to the summer to do it.

“Everton know where they’re going with Ancelotti in charge, he’ll tell him if he’s part of his long term plans or not.

 

“For me, he’s come up with a winner one week, he’s gone off the next – it’s not all that bad, you can’t blame it all on Sigurdsson (v West Ham).

“West Ham are good in those areas, they’re really, really tight with the protectors in front, there wasn’t that much space for him so they had to get it out wide and do it from different areas to pull people apart.” 

In other news, Football Insider understands an Everton 26-year-old has played his last game for the club.