Gylfi Sigurdsson says he is reaching his “peak” and wants to play the best football of his career for Everton – after joining the Blues in a Club-record deal from Swansea.
The Icelander has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers since moving to the Swans from Tottenham in 2014.
He has been directly involved in 53 top-flight goals in the past three years and last season created 13 and scored nine – as well as covering more ground than any other Premier League player.
Nevertheless, Sigurdsson says his pursuit of continual improvement remains as relentless as it was when he first came to England as a 16-year-old to sign for Reading.
Asked if the best years of his career were ahead of him with Everton, Sigurdsson told evertontv: “I hope so, yes.
“I have been improving over the past few years so, hopefully, I am starting to reach my peak.
“Over the past 10 years or so, since I have been a footballer, I have always tried to improve. And, hopefully, that will continue over the next few years and I will do well for this Club.”
The 27-year-old playmaker, who penned a five-year Goodison Park contract when he completed his move from Liberty Stadium yesterday, shrugged off the price tag on his shoulders and insisted he was concentrating only on excelling on the pitch for his new club.
Sigurdsson also expects his appetite for hard graft – he ran 433 kilometres last season – to help him fit smoothly into Ronald Koeman’s industrious team.
“We had to defend for long periods, especially in the first part of last season,” said Sigurdsson. “That was one of the reasons my statistics were up there.
“And I was very lucky with injuries – I played every game.
“But I do try to work hard for the team and I think that suits the pressing game the manager here wants to play.
“If you look at the transfer market these days, it is crazy.
“But it is not something I am interested in or focused on. It is out of my hands, it is nothing to do with me.
“I think it shows the intent and how much the manager wanted me. Now it is time for me to repay the manager and the Club.”