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Published: 12:31 | 17/10/17

Sigurdsson admits to Everton struggles

Gylfi Sigurdsson admits his Everton career "is not going as I hoped" following his big-money summer move from Swansea City.

The Iceland international joined the Toffees in a £45m deal in August, but has failed to register a goal or an assist in any of his seven Premier League appearances so far.

In contrast, the 28-year-old scored nine goals and assisted 13 more goals last season to help the Swans avoid relegation.

Everton sit just two places and two points above the relegation zone, with eight points from eight games, following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Brighton at the Amex Stadium.

"It is not going as I hoped. No, of course not," Sigurdsson acknowledged.

"For the team as well. Personally and collectively we are just off our best. That is reflected in individual performances. 

"But it's small margins. I don't think we're a mile off getting results. A couple of scruffy wins would bring some confidence to the team and that's sometimes all you need.

"We just have to work our way through this. We are not scoring enough goals and we are conceding too many, I don't think we are too far away but things just aren't clicking.

"We're all more than determined to turn it around. We have some big players and hopefully we can start getting better results."

Ronald Koeman's side have also struggled in the Europa League, losing 3-0 to Atalanta in Italy and drawing 2-2 with Cypriot side Apollon Limassol at Goodison Park on matchday two.

And Sigurdsson says Everton need to beat French side Lyon in Thursday's Group E game at Goodison Park, which is live on eir Sport 2 [kick off 8.05pm], to get their European campaign properly up and running.

"We just need to win. Once we do that the confidence will come back into the team and things will become a bit easier for us," he continued.

"It's a strange group. I think everyone can beat anyone. There's a few good teams in there. 

"You may need at least 10 points to go through and it will be nice to start [building towards] that on Thursday against a tough team."

You can watch all of Everton's Europa League campaign on the eir Sport package. The Toffees face French side Lyon, Serie A club Atalanta and Apollon Limassol of Cyprus in Group E. Ronald Koeman's side are next in action against Lyon at Goodison Park on Thursday, 19 October, a match which will be shown live on eir Sport 2 [kick-off 8.05pm].

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