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Analysis – Gylfi Sigurdsson’s superb display in Everton 4-0 Manchester United

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Gylfi Sigurdsson was the undoubted player of the game as Everton beat Manchester United 4-0 at Goodison Park.

Sigurdsson was at the heart of everything the Blues did well in the game, helping them to dictate the tempo in the middle of the park and create chances at the other end.

As part of a midfield three with Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gana Gueye, it was the Icelandic midfielder’s job to be the creative hub of the team.

WhoScored’s statistics had him as the joint man of the match alongside Lucas Digne. A look at Sigurdsson’s numbers shows how impressive he was.

Sigurdsson managed 54 touches in total the most of Everton’s midfield and attack by some distance. WhoScored, though, gave him a possession score of five, which was the fifth best in the game and joint second best for the Toffees.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 21: Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton celebrates. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Sigurdsson coupled this with 32 passes, 23 of which were accurate, earning him a pass success rate of 72% in total. He also posted four key passes the joint most in the game. One of those key passes was for Theo Walcott to get the fourth goal, of course.

Shooting wise he had two in total and one on target, both of which got him into the top five players in the game. His sole shot on goal was his superb strike past David de Gea.

All in all, this was an impressive display from Everton’s midfielder, who is finally starting to look worthy of his big price tag.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 21: Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Sigurdsson struggled last season under Ronald Koeman, who elected to play him out wide for much of the season. He also failed to kick on under Sam Allardyce’s overly defensive style of play. That had many worrying that Everton had wasted their money on his signature.

Those doubts have disappeared as a result of his performances this season, though. Marco Silva’s progressive, attacking style of play seems to be getting the best out of the Icelandic midfielder finally.

His strike against Manchester United means he now sits on 13 Premier League goals this season. That’s by far the most he’s managed a top-flight campaign. In fact, add in his goals in cup competitions, and this is Sigurdsson’s best overall goalscoring season in a decade.

Factor in he’s also posted five assists this season, including that one for Theo Walcott, and Sigurdsson has posted 18 goal contributions so far this year.

His display against Manchester United was arguably his best in an Everton shirt this season. Some would argue it was the best of his Toffees career. Everton and Marco Silva are finally getting the best of their £50 million man.

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