Gylfi Sigurdsson got his Everton career off to a stunning start with an exceptional 50-yard effort in the Toffees’ Europa League qualifying tie against Hajduk Split to level the score at 1-1. The Icelandic international became the club’s record signing by some margin this summer at £45 million, but if Ronald Koeman is to get the best out of his new charge, he needs to bring in a large striker for the playmaker to aim for.
Sigurdsson made his mark in an Everton shirt early on, but he won’t be scoring speculative efforts like that every week. Although the playmaker has been known to bag a few goals during his time with Swansea, his main strength is in picking out killer passes and crossing balls for a target man. Everton’s transfer business this summer has been outstanding, and fans are excited about the season ahead. But the final piece of the puzzle seems to be another striker to replace the prolific Romelu Lukaku.
Anyone following news on sports will see that Everton are at odds of around 33/1 after two league games to finish the season as the top northwest club, with Manchester United, Manchester City, and neighbours Liverpool all above them in the bookies’ reckoning. But with Koeman embarking on his second season at the helm and some solid signings behind him, Everton could be ready to upset the hierarchy. Those odds would certainly be slashed if the Toffees were able to bring a top forward in before the transfer window slams shut.
There is no doubt that Sigurdsson will be a great addition to this dangerous-looking Everton side. Last season, the 27-year-old managed to score nine goals and assist 13 for a struggling Swans side who flirted with relegation for much of the campaign. The former Tottenham Hotspur player is one of the most dangerous dead-ball specialists in the league, with five of those strikes coming from set pieces (three penalties and two free kicks). Last season, Sigurdsson was creating a big chance every 43.2 minutes, and of 183 corners taken, 60 were successful. During that time, however, he had a formidable forward to get on the end of his aerial balls. That was highlighted by the fact that the Swans frontman Fernando Llorente managed to score a whopping seven headed goals last time out.
Wayne Rooney has shown that he has what it takes to continue performing at the highest level, with two goals in two games for the Goodison Park club. The former Manchester United charge can be a threat from the air, but Everton fans would like to see an extra reinforcement brought in to share the workload and provide another option.
One of Koeman’s reported targets is Benfica man Raul Jimenez, who stands at a staggering 6ft 3 inches. The 26-year-old could be the ideal frontman to get the best out of Sigurdsson, but unfortunately for Everton, the Portuguese club have stuck a huge £45 million valuation on the player. With the Toffees already having spent an incredible amount of money this summer, a move for the giant target man may not be out of the question.