It seems football is on the brink of returning to the Premier League. And although there haven’t been too many positives to take from the suspension forced by the Covid-19 pandemic, one Everton player in particular has managed to turn the time away from playing into a positive. Icelander Gylfi Sigurdsson is one of the Goodison Park aces who have been away from the game for almost three months but in that time has honed his physical fitness to the point where he believes he is sharper than he has been for the past 10 years.
Sigurdsson, who is now aged 30, has strived to improve physically during the lockdown with gruelling training sessions at home as he bids to help Everton improve on their position in 12th spot in the Premier League before proceedings came to a halt. Fans will soon be able to have flutter on games — and pay per head is the best way to turn your local bookmaking operation into a fully functional online sportsbook as the season looks to get back to the action.
The latest estimation on when football at the highest level in England will return is mid-June though it is thought there is “wiggle room” on the date with further top-level discussions expected and further announcements due. And for Sigurdsson, who was chosen by Ancelotti for nine of his 11 games in charge after he replaced Marco Silva back in December of last year, is desperate to get back on the pitch. He says he has always had an in-built work ethic and hunger to succeed and hasn’t lost the appetite to improve. Speaking to the club’s official website, he added:
“The desire to perform comes from myself as well. I still have the ambition to improve and play at this level. My body still feels great but it’s hard to say how many years I’ve got left. But I feel physically better than I probably did when I was 20. It was nice to get back into training and see some faces, even though we are obviously keeping a big distance between us, and to actually train with someone.”
The thoughts of Sigurdsson — who switched to Everton from Swansea City back in 2017 — came as news broke that the Toffees were made aware that the Premier League members today voted unanimously to resume contact training, with another move towards restarting the top-flight season, once it is safe to do so.
Squads including Ancelotti’s outfit can now able to train as a group and tackling is permitted “while minimising any unnecessary close contact”. Football isn’t back just yet…but it won’t be long now!