Gylfi Sigurdsson thought Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti was
joking when the Italian said he envisaged the midfielder playing a
deeper position on a longer-term basis.
The Iceland international, usually a number 10, was deployed in
central midfield by caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson in the win over
Chelsea the day after Marco Silva's sacking in December.
When Ancelotti took over a fortnight later it was something he
immediately raised with Sigurdsson, who admits a similar request would
not have been welcomed had it come a few years earlier in his career.
"I didn't know if he was joking," Sigurdsson told evertonfc.com.
"Carlo is a very experienced and successful manager and we have a good
"If it had happened five or six years ago, I wouldn't have been too
happy but as you mature and gain more experience it is a good challenge
to play a new position and think about completely different things.
"There are a lot of things I have to think about in games I've never
thought about before, if we are attacking I have to sit back and make
sure we are set up defensively if we lose the ball.
"The things I love are scoring goals and getting in the box, getting
on the end of crosses and taking up positions where the ball might fall
"It took a couple of games to get used to something different but I have started to enjoy that position."
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