In a Q&A via The Liverpool Echo on Thursday, journalist Phil Kirkbride has suggested that Everton could look to move both Morgan Schneiderlin and Gylfi Sigurdsson on this summer.
Well, Kirkbride was asked in the Q&A which Toffees players are fighting for their futures, and he picked out two players that have been regular central midfield starters under Carlo Ancelotti.
He said: “Sadly, players ‘fighting for their futures’ feels like an annual occurrence at Goodison.
“Given that Everton want to work with a squad of 23 players (which includes three goalkeepers) then any squad revamp will require the need for some players to be moved on.
“Don’t think it would be any great surprise to see Morgan Schneiderlin leave (he played well against Palace, didn’t he?) and, maybe, there has to be a conversation over Gylfi Sigurdsson.”
There probably would be some fans who would be happy to see Schneiderlin and Sigurdsson go at the end of the season given some of the criticism they have received from the Goodison Park faithful on Twitter for some of their performances this term.
One of those poorer ones for both came in the 1-0 FA Cup defeat against a Liverpool side primarily consisting of youngsters last month, with the Iceland international and Frenchman picking up 2/10 and 3/10 ratings respectively from The Liverpool Echo.
However, you do have to take into consideration that Sigurdsson has been asked to play a more defensively-minded role in Ancelotti’s preferred 4-4-2 system, and that the pair have largely stood up to the plate with Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin absent through injury.
Indeed, Schneiderlin actually picked up an 8/10 rating from The Liverpool Echo for his performance in the 3-1 win against Crystal Palace last weekend, and is beginning to look like a different player – as do many of his teammates – under their Italian manager.
It will be interesting to see what the 60-year-old decides to do with the duo in the summer, when he could have them, Gomes, Gbamin, Tom Davies and Fabian Delph to pick from for two spots.
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