By Declan Walsh

14th May, 2021 | 8:48pm

Sigurdsson in absolute stinker for Everton as they draw 0-0 v Aston Villa

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s form in recent weeks has been absolutely atrocious and that culminated on Thursday night as Everton drew 0-0 with Aston Villa in the West Midlands.

Sigurdsson, 31, was handed his 41st appearance of the season by Carlo Ancelotti ahead of kick-off but the Icelandic international did practically nothing to repay the faith shown in him by the Blues boss this season.

After 67 minutes of stinking the place out at Villa Park, Sigurdsson was substituted off by Ancelotti but unfortunately, the damage was already done and the ex-Swansea midfielder’s exit failed to help things for Everton.

According to stats by Wyscout, Sigurdsson has played just eight forward passes in his last two appearances against Villa and West Ham.

Below is an image that shows the passes the midfielder made versus Villa and, as you can see, they’re all over the place.

Sigurdsson’s pass accuracy against Aston Villa was 90 per cent, which seems really good.

However, when you see that barely any of those passes went forward and more of them went back towards his own goal, it’s easy to see that the Iceland international did nothing of use on the ball.

Away from his passing, stats by Wyscout show that Sigurdsson failed to complete any dribbles, didn’t find a teammate with the two crosses he attempted and registered one shot at goal, which hit the target with a tame free-kick from a distance.

It’s fair to say, Sigurdsson did nothing on the ball.

But did he help when the Blues were out of possession?

Sigurdsson won three of the four defensive duels he was involved in and made six recoveries, two of which were in the opposition’s half.

It seems that the attacking midfielder had a better game off the ball than on it but that’s simply ridiculous when there are other players in the squad that can do that.

With James Rodriguez sidelined, we needed Sigurdsson to step up and provide some kind of impetus to the attack but he did literally almost nothing in that regard.

Goodison News learned in March that Everton want to sell Sigurdsson in the summer transfer window as they want him off their wage bill and to free up funds to replace him with younger players.

While a source at Goodison Park has told this site that Sigurdsson wants to stay and see out his contract, his performance versus Villa shows just why the Toffees want him gone.

In other Everton news, a Sky Sports pundit blasted this out of control Blues player in the draw against Villa.

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