Pundit says Everton never needed to buy Sigurdsson

Former Everton striker Tony Cottee has suggested that the club made a mistake in the transfer window.

The Merseyside outfit were one of the busiest Premier League outfits, spending more than £100m on new recruits.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was one of those players; in fact the midfielder was coveted by the Toffees for weeks before Swansea City agreed to sell him for £45m – a club-record fee for Everton.

Cottee, though, thinks that manager Ronald Koeman focused on strengthening the wrong areas of the pitch.

The football pundit believes that more energy should have been put into finding a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who left the Toffees to join Manchester United in the summer.

The 25-goal man has been sorely missed at Goodison Park given that the team have scored just five league goals so far in the campaign.

Unfortunately for Sigurdsson, the Iceland midfielder has been singled out as a big mistake on Everton’s part; not because he is a poor player but because he is not what the club currently need.

Cottee told talkSPORT:

“I’m not surprised they are struggling to a degree if you look at their transfer policy. Gylfi Sigurdsson is a very good player but he wasn’t what they needed and £45m was a lot to pay for him.

“They have ended up with lots of number tens. They have got Barkley to come back, they have got Rooney, they have got Sigurdsson, and they are not scoring goals. It is no surprise that they haven’t got a goalscorer that Everton are in trouble.”