By Laura O’Leary
Gylfi Sigurdsson needs to be utilised in his most effective position by David Unsworth when Everton face Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The 28-year-old has not been in great form since moving to Goodison Park from Swansea, and is still looking for his first league goal in 10 appearances.
The Iceland international has been used on the left wing seven times, attacking midfielder four times and featured as a forward, right winger and centre midfielder once each in 15 appearances across all competitions.
While Crystal Palace should not be underestimated, Everton can afford to play more open against the side with the league’s worst defensive record this season.
Sigurdsson, based on Crystal Palace’s performance this season, could end up with a lot of space and try to recreate the form that made him one of the most sought-after attackers in the Premier League.
Aaron Lennon, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman should all be added to the starting line-up after rescuing Everton from two goals down against Watford.
All three impressed in their cameos from the bench and their impact was a key part of Everton’s successful comeback.
The three attacking options should replace Tom Davies, who has been ruled out with injury, as well as Wayne Rooney and Beni Baningime who under performed against Watford.
Here is the starting XI we think will destroy Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Niasse should keep his place in the team as aside from showing his ability to score against Watford, he showed how he could create space for others.
The 27-year-old’s presence on the pitch will no doubt create opportunities for both Calvert-Lewin and Sigurdsson.
A win could go a long way to securing the manager’s job for Unsworth on a permanent basis.
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