The Toffees’ extensive summer rebuilding programme took its most significant twist as the club completed the signing of Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson. Everton signed the Icelander for a reported £40m with £5m add-ons with the attacker agreeing a five-year contract. Siggy was an FPL star in Swansea as they’re main man, but is he destined to continue that status with Everton? We talked about Siggy extensively in our GW4 FPL podcast, listen to it here.
Sigurdsson joined Reading in 2005 at the age of 16 to start off with his football career. He took loan spells at Shrewsbury Town and Crewe Alexandra, after which he enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2009-10, registering 20 goals and 10 assists for Reading.
The Icelander then made his move to German side, Hoffenheim producing 9 goals and 3 assists in the 2010-11 campaign.
He joined Swansea on loan in the second half of the 2011-12 season and permanently signed for Spurs next season. Sigurdsson struggled for first-team opportunities and managed to get just 8 goals and 5 assists over two seasons. The midfielder moved back to Swansea ahead of the 2014-15 campaign. He has played a key role for the Swans over the past three seasons, registering 27 goals and 27 assists over 106 league matches. He bagged 9 goals and 13 assists last season, along with 18 Fantasy bonus points. Siggy has managed to get 18 or more bonus points since the past three seasons.
There is no doubt about Sigurdsson being a prime FPL talent while he was at the Liberty Stadium. His game has a perfect blend suited for Fantasy Football as a player who always looks to provide an end product, either through his own goal threat or his substantial creative influence on the team.
Sigurdsson has been directly involved in 53 goals since the start of the 2014-15 season and is second only to Spurs’ Christian Eriksen among midfielders in that time.
He was involved in 42.5% of the Swans’ goals after his return to the club and that rate increased to 44% next season. Last season, things stepped up yet again and Sigurdsson was involved in 50% of their goals when on the pitch. With the Swans, Sigurdsson enjoyed a monopoly of free-kicks, corners and, mainly, penalties. Set-pieces did play a major role in that influence and his prospects at Everton will certainly be dependent on his responsibilities in this area. What Koeman decides in that area will be central to his possibilities with his new club and so fans should be cognisant of that fact.
While Everton’s run of opponents over the next two gameweeks is difficult to say the least, with Spur and Man United coming in GW4 & 5.
However, it is certainly worth noting that the midfielder was largely fixture-proof last campaign and so if he receives similar opportunities with Everton there is no need to assume blanks are incoming.
Starting from gameweek 7, Everton have an outstanding run of fixtures up to gameweek 21 with just three tests against Arsenal (GW 9), Liverpool (GW 16) and Chelsea (GW 19). If the Icelander manages to get a prominent attacking role and set-piece responsibilities, he could prove to be a hot Fantasy asset.
Having overcome mediocrity and relegation battles at Swansea, Fantasy managers should expect Sigurdsson to make progress. The midfielder has the potential to deliver double-digits for both goals and assists for the first time. If he can manage to achieve that, he could possibly have heavy-hitter status and rival the likes of top PL midfielders Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Kevin de Bruyne.
Sigurdsson definitely has the talent and, now at Everton, the perfect stage to take a further step as a Premier League player and a fantastic FPL asset.
The Goodison Park game against Bournemouth in gameweek 6 is probably the when I would recommend you get Siggy into your FPL lineup. However, if some of you brave Fantasy managers would like to take a punt, go ahead and get him in right away! His past has shown that he is capable of scoring in games where he is on the weaker side.
Thanks for reading, and the best of luck to you in Gameweek 4.
This article It Siggy Time In FPL? was written by Nekzad Bajan. Follow Nekzad on Twitter @nekzaDd