Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson has admitted his disappointment at finding himself out of the Blues’ first-team in recent weeks.

The Icelandic midfielder has started nine of Everton’s 12 league games this season but found himself facing criticism for his performances.

With Everton underperforming, Marco Silva elected to change up the team, and that saw Sigurdsson dropped for the games against Brighton, West Ham and Tottenham.

He returned to the starting line up for the clash with Southampton at the weekend, captaining Everton to a vital 2-1 win on the south coast.

Now he’s hoping that he doesn’t find himself left out again, admitting that he can ill afford to waste the time he has left sat on the bench.

“I want to play all the games, and I’m no different than other players,” he told Visir.

“I just want to play and especially when you are 30 years old, and you do not have any ten to fifteen years left.

“Then you want to make good use of the time and be in the starting team.”

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The focus for Sigurdsson is currently on helping Iceland during the international break, but when he returns, it will be on assisting Everton in moving further up the table.

The Blues have endured a disappointing start to the campaign and currently find themselves 15th in the table with four wins from 12 games.

They are, however, just three points outside the top six, a fact Sigurdsson admits is a little strange to comprehend.

“It was time to get back into the starting lineup, and it was great for us to have won,” he added.

“This has not been a special season for us, but in some unintelligible way, there are only three points between us and fifth place. It is very strange, but it shows that the league is very equal.

“It was a hugely important game against Southampton who have struggled a bit. Hopefully, we will get good results next time and get a little ahead of Christmas.”