Over the past few months, Everton have been very busy in the transfer market, buying players to fill the immense holes they had all over the field last season. For the most part, they have been pretty tidy, getting business done in a timely manner and crossing off top targets one by one in a summer that has so far echoed the words of Farhad Moshiri, and his promise that the team would start spending big. But, no plan is ever executed perfectly, especially with Everton, and one of the final pieces to Ronald Koeman’s puzzle seems to be the toughest to get into place.
Gylfi Sigurdsson, the Icelandic CAM from Swansea City is a well-known transfer target for Koeman and Everton. In fact, Koeman has come out and said that Sigurdsson is the player that gets Everton competing for Champions League spots this season. But, despite constant efforts to sign the player and a plea to the Everton board, Koeman still doesn’t have his man. Reports say the teams are locked in a battle at the negotiation table, only 5 million pounds apart, which doesn’t seem like a lot when you look at the 50 million pound price tag the Welsh side slapped on the attacking midfielder.
There is no denying that Sigurdsson is a fantastic player and would immensely help an Everton squad that has lacked creativity in the final third all throughout the preseason, but that is not why Everton need the central midfielder in their squad this coming season. The reason they need him is because they need to prove, once and for all, that change is happening on the blue side of Merseyside.
Yes, the team has bought a talented group of players this summer and all of them will contribute in many ways, but they don’t show the change in culture as much as this deal would. They were done in a swift manner and while it was for a big sum of money, almost all of that was cancelled out by the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, leaving many to believe that Everton are still a “sell-to-buy” club. If they don’t sign Sigurdsson, it will keep people wondering if the Toffees have really transformed into a buying club like Moshiri said they would.
Another reason this is so important is because of past transfer sagas that the club has been involved in. Right now, Everton fans’ heads are filled with thoughts of Yarmolenko and Riquelme, transfers that were close to being done but never got across the line. If this deal does not get done, it just falls into the same category as the others.
A deal for Sigurdsson shows the fans, even the entire Premier League, that things are changing up North and Everton are becoming a force to be reckoned with. It shows the faithful Evertonians that if the team want someone, they are going to go get them and it doesn’t matter how much it costs because the team has the money to do so. In the end, this transfer is not only the final piece to changes on the field, but the final piece to changes off it, as well.
So as an Evertonian myself, I say to the board: pony up the money, sign Sigurdsson and show the world that the mighty Toffees of old are finally back.