Gylfi Sigurdsson has said that he hopes Carlo Ancelotti was watching his excellent display for Iceland against Romania on Thursday evening.
After scoring both goals in a 2-1 win, the midfielder told Fotbolti.net (via Bold): ‘I do not know if he saw. There were a lot of national matches, but hopefully he saw my match tonight.’
Sigurdsson’s double saw Iceland earn a place in the Play-Offs for the chance to fight for a place at the European Championships next summer.
The ex-Swansea playmaker has only made one Premier League start under Ancelotti so far this season, so his comments could be perceived as a message to the Italian that he would like more chances from the first whistle.
Sigurdsson has lost his place in the team following the arrival of three midfielders during the transfer window.
Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez have made the 31-year-old’s life difficult at Goodison Park, but his two-goal haul against Romania suggests the competition is motivating him.
There is still a brilliant player in there despite his poor form last season, where he netted just two goals in 35 Premier League appearances.
To dislodge the likes of Rodriguez, however, he will need to continue firing on all cylinders.