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Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson got on the scoresheet for his country on Tuesday but he largely failed to impress as Iceland slumped to a 4-2 defeat against Albania.
The attacking midfielder equalised for his side in what was his 20th goal for Iceland, and although he showed the composure to slot the ball into the bottom corner, it was a simple finish for a player of his quality.
Sigurdsson has got off to a mixed start to the season. He has provided quality from out wide and has an assist to show for his efforts, but he hasn’t had much luck in scoring for the Toffees as yet, with his only goal from the penalty spot.
While some fans may have been encouraged by his goalscoring display for his country, he was largely underwhelming and a repeat performance against Bournemouth on Sunday will not be appreciated by Marco Silva nor the Goodison Park faithful.
The 30-year-old is often pivotal for his national side, acting as a focal point in midfield, keeping the ball and creating chances for teammates, but he was lacking in all departments against Albania, as shown in his stats on Sofascore.
As well as grabbing Iceland’s first goal, Sigurdsson also missed a valuable chance to equalise once again just ten minutes later, and although Kolbeinn Sigþórsson was able to level things, the former Swansea player is seemingly yet to reach his clinical best this campaign.
Perhaps more importantly, the Toffees man failed to get going in other areas of the pitch, which arguably explains Iceland’s lack of control over the match and their ultimate defeat.
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A passing accuracy of 61% is almost unacceptable for a midfielder in a European Championship qualifier, and a huge failing in comparison to his average of 75.5% for Everton in the Premier League this term.
In total, he made just 11 successful passes, so it is not surprising that his side failed to create many openings. That kind of form will not impress Silva.
The No.10 was also wasteful in other aspects of his game, losing possession on 17 different occasions, while his six shots off target prove it was a day to forget.