Everton is keen to ditch Gylfi Sigurdsson and intensify their interest in River Plate player Nicolas De La Cruz.
If you watched the disheartening loss against Tottenham Hotspur, you’d be aware of why Gylfi Sigurdsson is getting so much stick. He has made his already terrible campaign abysmal and he is soon reaching a point of no return. Everton, who once rated the Iceman so highly are now finding ways to isolate him from the team.
Especially after that performance against Spurs, it is safe to say Sigurdsson isn’t in Carlo Ancelotti’s good books. The 30 year old looks a shadow of the player he once was under Marco Silva.
Come next season, you may not find Gylfi Sigurdsson in the lineup. While it could a delight for many fans, it is important to understand that there are no takers in the market for the Iceman. So, even though he may not be in the lineup, it is likely he will remain in the squad, perhaps, as a squad rotational player.
This Everton team is not one of Carlo Ancelotti’s. This team is bits of Marco Silva, bits of Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce. The upcoming transfer window will be the first instance where the Italian will get a chance to mould the team to his wishes and expectations.
One player that Ancelotti had an eye on was River Plate talisman Nicolas De La Cruz. The Uruguayan attacking midfielder has really impressed from his stint at River Plate and European clubs have started to take notice.
Some time ago, Ole reported that Everton were mulling over triggering the £19 million release clause in De La Cruz’s contract. After Sigurdsson’s pathetic outing against Spurs, the Toffees must consider reviving their interest in the 23 year old.
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Nicolas De La Cruz has had a brilliant season in the Argentine Super Liga, contributing 4 goals and 6 assists in 17 games. At £19 million, he may be a risk worth taking. The attacking midfielder is going to mature with time and the facilities available at Everton are far better than River Plate.
Unlike other Uruguayan midfielders who are known to be guerilla warfare specialists, jostling their way through the field, De La Cruz has a more technical profile. He is dynamic and inventive who can thread passes that can unlock defences with ease. The 23 year old also has an eye for goal from long distance and makes typical runs in the box, adding an extra outlet in the attack.
Now he may not be an immediate replacement for Sigurdsson, but can be a long term option and Everton must revive their interest in signing the Uruguayan.