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Gylfi Sigurdsson scouting report: Everton new boy scores outrageous goal

Date Posted,August 23, 2017

Gylfi Sigurdsson needed just 13 seconds after the break to score quite possible one of the greatest goals of his career in Everton’s 1-1 draw with Hajduk Split.

Not bad for the Toffees’ new £45million star, who made his full debut and first start in a European competition since March 2014 on Thursday.

Everton went into the game with a 2-0 advantage from their first game, and after conceding in the first half in Croatia, needed Sigurdsson’s strike to settle nerves and ensure a 3-1 aggregate victory.

According to the Merseyside club, who tweeted a graphic of their proposed formation ahead of the game, Sigurdsson started on the left with Dominic Calvin-Lewin up front alongside Wayne Rooney.

The Icelandic hit the back of the net just 13 seconds into the second half (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

But as the match got underway the pair seemed to swap positions at will.

Sigurdsson linked up well with Leighton Baines on the left – not quite as well as the defender did with Steven Pienaar once upon a time, but there is certainly potential for a partnership to flourish.

But the Icelandic also worked well in a number 10 role behind Rooney, with Calvin-Lewin happily wandering over to fill his space on the left. And in fact Sigurdsson remained there – or in a sort of inside left position – for the majority of the game.

Sigurdsson celebrates scoring with his Everton teammates (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Everton fans will be pleased to see that Sigurdsson has already been put on set-piece duty, which is understandable given his ability to whip a ball in.

He took both free-kicks and corners and caused problems with his delivery.

The 27-year-old’s goal took everyone by surprise (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

The only question mark over his performance was his fitness. At points the former Spurs man, who worked hard for his team throughout the tie, looked tied.

But it’s nothing that a run in the first team can’t fix.

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