6 Things About Sigurdsson

by Mike Taylor @Everton

Gylfi Sigurdsson became Everton’s record signing after completing a switch from Swansea City on Wednesday.
 
The Iceland international became the Blues’ eighth signing of the transfer window, following the arrivals on Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru, Michael Keane, Sandro Ramirez, Wayne Rooney and Cuco Martina.
 
Here are a six things about the new Blues playmaker you may not have known.

 
1. A heroic middle name
 
His full name is Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson, or Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson to use the English alphabet.
 
So, yes, his middle name is shared by one of the most famous gods in Norse mythology - and also the hammer-wielding superhero!
 
2. A great golfer
 
Away from the football pitch, Gylfi enjoys a round of golf or two. In fact, despite his humble nature, it turns out he is almost as ruthless on the golf course as he is on the football pitch, boasting an impressive handicap of four.
 
"Golf is my favourite hobby," he explained. "If I could do anything apart from playing football, it would be playing golf. I am not bad at it."
 
3. A thorough education
 
Gylfi has played in all four top divisions in England.
 
During his time at Reading (Championship), he enjoyed loan spells with Shrewsbury Town (League Two) and Crewe Alexandra (League One) before going on to play for Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City (both Premier League).
 
4. A globe trotter
 
Away from football - and the golf course - Gylfi says he enjoys travelling the world, rather than heading back to Iceland, when given time off.
 
"One of my favourite things to do is travel and see different kinds of things whenever I get the opportunity," he said.
 
"It's only during the last three or four years that I've travelled, after my girlfriend told me to go and see more of the world.
 
"I always wanted to go back to Iceland in my time off, but now I really enjoy going to places like South Africa, Dubai, Florida and north California. When you go to places like San Francisco, for example, you want to see the landmarks - the bridge and things like that.
 
"I like to do the sort of things that the locals do to get a feel for the place, and I enjoy it."
 
5. A national hero
 
Gylfi has been named Iceland Sportsperson of the Year on two occasions.
 
He was first awarded the title in 2013, before making it a double last year after helping his nation reach the quarter-finals in the European Championships for the very first time.
 
6. A grafter
 
With 433 kilometres clocked up, no other player in the Premier League covered more distance than Gylfi in 2016/17.
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