Is Gylfi Sigurdsson the final piece of Everton’s puzzle?

Everton look like they have finally landed their man, the Toffees have agreed to a deal with Swansea for Icelandic attacker Gylfi Sigurdsson. It must feel like Christmas for those involchas been a long time coming, the blue side of Merseyside have been chasing their main all window. Two weeks ago we looked at Everton’s signings so far so it’s only fair we give Sigurdsson the same treatment. Here we go.

Without taking his 18-match loan stint with Swansea in 2011-12 into account, Sigurdsson got off to a bit of a shaky start when he signed for Tottenham with former club Reading making numerous attempts to bring the attacker back to the club

Tottenham 2012-13

  • 33 matches
  • Three goals
  • Four assists
  • 25 chances created
  • 319 passes
  • 34 shots
  • 15 fouls won
  • Seven successful take-ons

Tottenham 2013-14

  • 25 matches
  • Five goals
  • 15 chances created
  • 396 passes
  • 27 shots
  • 16 fouls won
  • 11 successful take-ons

His time at White Hart Lane was short lived, spending two seasons at the club before moving back to Liberty Stadium, and poetic justice aside, the move to Swansea is where the 27-year-old was able to spread his wings contributing to 17 goals, creating 73 chances for his team.

Swansea 2014-15

  • 32 matches
  • Seven goals
  • 10 assists
  • 73 chances created
  • 919 passes
  • 47 shots
  • 40 fouls won
  • 31 successful take-ons

Swansea 2015-16

  • 36 matches
  • 11 goals
  • Two assists
  • 56 chances created
  • 881 passes
  • 56 shots
  • 23 fouls won
  • 24 successful take-ons

His form plateaued in the 2015-16 season but it was the 2016-17 season where he had his break-out season playing all 38 matches in the league, scoring nine goals and setting up 13 as he saved the Swans helping them to a 15th placed finish after sitting bottom of the table at the beginning of January.

Swansea 2016-17

  • 38 matches
  • Nine goals
  • 13 assists
  • 72 chances created
  • 734 passes
  • 85 shots
  • 33 fouls won
  • 29 successful take-ons

So it’s obvious the former Swansea attacker has what it takes to succeed in this league, but to repeat the question of last fortnight’s article, can he help the side to a surprise top four finish?

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