Gylfi Sigurdsson is relishing the responsibility of providing the ammunition for Everton’s battery of forwards to hit the goal trail.
Sigurdsson signed off for the international break with a virtuoso display in Everton’s 3-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.
The Icelander served up a wonderful centre for Alex Iwobi to head home his side’s second goal – and the former Arsenal player's second in his first two Everton starts following his strike in last week's win at Lincoln City. Sigurdsson, who scored emphatically from the spot in that Carabao Cup victory, also delivered a stream of precision set-piece deliveries in the weekend contest.
Indeed, Sigurdsson could conceivably have walked off with three more assists. Rui Patricio saved at full stretch when defender Yerry Mina turned a Sigurdsson free-kick towards goal, while the Wolves keeper snaffled another Mina effort following a Sigurdsson corner and was grateful to see Moise Kean flash a header over after the striker had been set up by his teammate’s laser-like dead-ball cross.
“I have always put my hand up to take those set pieces,” Sigurdsson told evertontv.
“I enjoy taking them and the responsibility that comes with it. When you have forwards and centre-backs who want to get on the end of them, like we do, you just have to put them in the right areas.
“It was a fantastic save form Yerry’s header, an unbelievable save. From where I was, I thought the ball was going in the side of the net.
“But, hopefully, Yerry is saving a goal for the next game.
“We were disappointed to concede two goals but the team showed good spirit to bounce back and get the win.”
Everton were twice pegged back against Wolves, Iwobi’s athletic effort cancelled out by Raul Jimenez after Romain Saiss had replied to Richarlison’s fifth-minute goal.
Richarlison’s leaping header won it for the Blues, though, completing successive victories for Marco Silva’s side following the win at Lincoln, where Everton were drawn into a real scrap before bringing their Premier League quality to bear on the contest.
Everton have won six on the bounce at Goodison Park and are unbeaten in seven at home.
That sequence has included an emphatic 4-0 beating of Manchester United and eye-catching victories over Chelsea and Arsenal.
Silva’s team has proved itself adept at grinding out results, too, beating Watford 1-0 a fortnight before persevering to overcome resilient Wolves.
Sigurdsson admitted it was a boon to head for lceland duty toasting another Goodison triumph.
The 29-year-old’s tiny nation, with plenty of recent form for punching above its weight, is locked with Turkey and France on nine points at the top of European Championship qualifying Group H.
They host Moldova on Saturday and next Tuesday travel to Albania’s hostile Elbasan Arena.
“They will be two tough games,” said Sigurdsson, whose 14 goals in all competitions last term tied him with Richarlison as Everton's top scorer. "It is nice to start at home but then we have a difficult trip to Albania.
“We want the six points, they would put us in a strong position to qualify.
“It was perfect to get the three points for Everton before going away, especially after a tough game like that [against Wolves].
“We are trying to keep the momentum going at home.
“Results have been going our way, from the end of last season through the two home games this season.
“The atmosphere in the ground is fantastic and we want to keep the results going. Even when we don’t play our best stuff, we are getting the wins.”