5 Premier League players who have had disappointing starts to the season
Christmas is nearly upon us and Manchester City fans will probably have the most cause for celebration this festive season. City have begun this season in stellar form and currently sit eight points clear at the top of the table.
The Citizens have already scored 46 goals with the midfield and attack combining expertly under the command of Pep Guardiola. The likes of Kevin De Brune, Leroy Sane and David Silva have hit the ground running and City has seen some stellar individual performances from their prominent players.
The same can hardly be said for the clubs that have been left struggling in the wake of Coty's rampaging run, with several players underperforming for the rest of the pack. Players who took the league by storm last season, like Alexis Sanchez and Dele Alli, have yet to find their best form in the league. The following is a list of five such players who are yet to kick into top gear in the league.
#5 Gylfi Sigurdsson
Much like the fabled Achilles of Greece, who individually changed the course of the Trojan war, Gylfi Sigurdsson has single-handedly carried Swansea through three season's worth of relegation battles. Swansea have struggled considerably in recent years and they would have been languishing in the Championship if it weren't for Sigurdsson's uncanny ability to engineer a goal out of thin air.
To truly put this into context, the Icelandic midfielder scored 9 goals and provided 13 assists in the 2016/17 season, which means he had a part to play in nearly half of Swansea's total tally of 45 goals. However, since his move to Everton, he has failed to impress, scoring two goals and assisting twice in 14 appearances.
This is in spite of the fact that Everton have been extremely accommodating to the midfielder, even doing their best to recreate the terrible club form that Swansea enjoyed over the last few seasons.
Sigurdsson arguably has a much better group of players around him than he had at Swansea, which should ideally have resulted in better yield for the midfielder. Everton's fortunes do seem to be improving though, with two wins and two clean sheets in their last two matches.
Sigurdsson has played a part in these two matches, with one goal and one assist, and the midfielder could be on his way to regaining the form that he has shown over the last two seasons.
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