Could Sigurdsson's injury be a blessing in disguise for Klaassen?

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on February 10, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Gylfi Sigurdsson could face a long spell on the injury sidelines, giving Everton teammate Davy Klaassen a potential opportunity.

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on February 10, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Everton have been dealt a huge injury blow after Gylfi Sigurdsson picked up a potential season-ending knock during the weekend's 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Toffees have since confirmed via their official website that the Iceland international will likely miss a large chunk of the remainder of the campaign, and it could be good news for a certain Davy Klaassen.

The Dutch international only played his fifth Premier League game for Everton on Saturday, following a big-profile £24million (BBC) arrival from Ajax last summer.

Davy Klaassen of Everton in action during the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on September 23, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Klaassen has started just three of those league appearances and is yet to play a full 90 minutes, as manager Sam Allardyce simply cannot afford the luxury of handling the struggling midfielder more time.

However, with the creativity and the sparkling presence Sigurdsson brings to Everton in the final third bound to be heavily missed, Allardyce may have no choice but to start trusting Klaassen.

The 24-year-old has everything it takes to succeed at the Goodison Park and, after spending a lot of time on the bench, he would be desperate to grab his chance with both hands with the Icelandic star out.

Everton's Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen (R) vies with Hajduk Split's Croatian defender Zoran Nizic during the UEFA Europa League playoff round, first leg football match between Everton...

Like Sigurdsson, the former Ajax skipper can also split defences with his passes and crosses, while he is also able to play in different positions.

The under-performing Everton man can prove to be the perfect cover for Sigurdsson, who has scored four league goals and assisted three more since arriving from Swansea City. Yet it remains to be seen if Allardyce will trust him with such a huge responsibility.

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