After a strong campaign last year, it’s fair to say that Gyfli Sigurdsson has not started this season in any semblance of good form.

The Icelandic midfielder was one of Everton’s top performers during the 2018-19 campaign, scoring 14 goals and registering seven assists in 41 games in all competitions.

He’s struggled to replicate that in the early parts of this season, with one goal and one assist in his seven games to date.

That’s attracted plenty of interest, particularly from Everton fans, with some believing the midfielder is one of the causes of their side’s poor start to the campaign.

Indeed, those same fans are calling for manager Marco Silva to abandon his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation and Sigurdsson with it.

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However, one man who doesn’t believe the former Swansea playmaker deserves the blame is Iceland assistant Freyr Alexandersson, with him claiming it is Sigurdsson’s partners in Everton’s midfield that are to blame for the midfielder’s lack of form.

“I can’t say that Gylfi is not positioning himself properly in the system they are playing,” he told Siminn Sport, relayed by MLB.

There are certain things he could do better, though I do not intend to do anything specific about it right now. His failure to get the ball in Everton games is not his fault.

“He is very efficient, and he reads the game wonderfully. He is positioned correctly but the connection between him and Everton’s midfielders, Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin, is not good, and especially between him and Schneiderlin.”