Some Everton fans have been reacting on social media after Gylfi Sigurdsson missed a penalty for Iceland in a European qualifier tie against Andorra on Monday night.
Sigurdsson played the full 90 minutes as Iceland ran out 2-0 victors to move within four points of joint Group H leaders Turkey and France, after the latter two sides held each other to a 1-1 draw.
Iceland were already two goals to the good when Sigurdsson stepped up to put the game to rest in the 73rd-minute but he saw his right-footed effort saved by Josep Gomes.
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The spot-kick was the seventh Sigurdsson has missed in his professional career and third for his country per TransferMarkt, after failing to convert penalties against Nigeria and Finland in the past.
Sigurdsson has also missed thrice for Everton, and some Blues supporters feel the time is now up for the 30-year-old holding spot-kick duties at Goodison Park.
Reykjavik-born Sigurdsson has scored the one penalty he has taken for the Toffees this season, coming in the Merseyside outfit’s Carabao Cup win over Lincoln City in August. Before that, he last converted from the spot in Royal Blue back in December 2018 against Burnley, having been denied by Watford shot-stopper Ben Foster two weeks before.
One Everton fan has suggested that Marco Silva should look at handing Lucas Digne the responsibilities of taking penalties now. The 28-cap France left-back has only ever taken one spot-kick in his senior career, coming for LOSC Lille against FC Lorient in 2013, which he scored in a 5-0 win.
Here are some of the reactions shared to Sigurdsson missing from the spot for Iceland…
Another one, he’s not even a good penalty taker. Surely Everton have a better penalty than him. I can see Digne being good at penalties like Baines.
— Richard Hughes (@Puckyou1912) October 14, 2019
thats him off pens then
— Patricia Rimmer (@PatriciaRimmer) October 15, 2019
He is useless. Over priced. Over paid. Over rated
— Keith O’Brien (@Obriek76) October 14, 2019
He’s lacking confidence
— dylan davies (@dylanjd14) October 14, 2019
Can’t understand whats going on with Gylfi. Hasn’t played well for us at all and now missing a penalty. Where is his head?
— Peter Papadopoulos (@PeterPapadopo11) October 15, 2019
In the worst form possible misses penalties for fun will undoubtedly start for Everton Saturday – this is why it’s hard to get behind the manager currently
— Os Amargos (@amargo_efc) October 14, 2019
Imagine my shock he’s missed a pen
— Matty Wilson (@MattyWilson1878) October 15, 2019