Loads of Everton fans have been running the rule over their defeat at Manchester City on Saturday, and they’re not too happy with the performance of Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Sigurdsson has been phenomenal this season, as the Icelandic international has finally had the freedom to roam about in the number ten position, something he didn’t have under Sam Allardyce.
Marco Silva’s tactical tweaks at the Etihad exposed the playmaker’s weaknesses though, as Sigurdsson was deployed in a midfield two alongside Andre Gomes.
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Silva opted for a back five, which demands an incredible amount of work from the two central midfielders, something Sigurdsson simply isn’t cut out for.
The 29 year-old touched the ball just 29 times in his 80 minutes on the pitch, managing just one successful dribble, no shots and no key passes.
The Toffees had a few crucial chances in the second half that could have got them back into the game, but lack of solidity in midfield is what really cost them throughout the match.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below, where fans are fuming at both Sigurdsson’s performance and the decision to play him deeper…
— Daniel Button (@D_Button) December 15, 2018
Forgot Sigurdsson was playing
— Danny (@Danny_EFC_1) December 15, 2018
Frustrating. Went there expecting nothing, sat back, conceded poor goals, and could still have scored three. Poor set-up by Silva. Mina awful. Gylfi isn’t a midfielder. Lookman must start. #efc
— Mark English (@rulitos14) December 15, 2018
Gylfi has concrete boots on pass it on
— Junior (@BoxxxyEFC) December 15, 2018
Sigurdson been missing last few games, never seems to play at his best against the top teams 🤔
— CW✌️ (@Callum_Walker96) December 15, 2018
Bernard wide left isn't working. He's still got a bit of work to do to get to the pace of this league. I'd switch him and Gylfi, who is Mr Invisible at the moment #efc
— Marco Silva XI (@BlueDanEFC) December 15, 2018
Sigurdson done absolutely nothing again today
— John Maguire (@JohnMag91260606) December 15, 2018
Siggurdson and Andre Gomes in a midfield 2 vs Man City. Marco Silva is dancing on the incredibly thin line lying between confident and seriously foolish
— Don Esquire (@walker8701) December 15, 2018
Siggurdson’s lack of pace completely exposed.
— cort (@WSAGcort) December 15, 2018