Sigurdsson gets Silva's message as imperious Iwobi transforms attack
Marco Silva heard the calls from sections of the Everton fanbase for weeks.
Last season's joint top scorer Gylfi Sigurdsson, the club's record signing, wasn't performing to the level we all know he is capable of.
The Icelandic international has just a penalty against Lincoln City to his name so far this term, and in general has struggled to really grab that No. 10 role by the scruff of the neck as the Blues' form took a nose dive.
Meanwhile, waiting in the wings, Alex Iwobi was ready if his manager called upon him.
He got a trial run in a central position against Sheffield Wednesday and impressed, but would the same opportunity ever present itself in the Premier League?
See how Iwobi and Everton's players rated against West Ham here
Against West Ham, Silva made the decision. This was the chance for the 23-year-old to prove he could excel in a central role he had always desired.
His performance sent a real message to Sigurdsson, one that made it clear his teammate would struggle to win his place back.
Over the last few weeks in particular Everton's play going forward has been laboured and sluggish, with opponents finding it far too easy to keep them out by just setting up with an organised defence.
There's no doubting Sigurdsson has struggled to change that. He will argue he hasn't seen enough of the ball, others will say he's not done enough to force the right chances for himself.
Iwobi came into the side to face West Ham with the clear task of making Everton quicker in attack, more mobile, more energetic - essentially, make the game as difficult for the visitors as he possibly could.
The Nigeria international's imperious first half display set the tone every fan of a royal blue wanted to see.
The 23-year-old was making himself known right from the early stages, always asking for the ball and trying to make dangerous runs in behind to stretch the defence of Manuel Pellegrini's side.
His energy was a nightmare for the defence to deal with and so often he was able to get himself in crucial areas in between the West Ham lines.
That has been all too fleeting from Sigurdsson this season.
His work off the ball was crucial in Everton bringing back their high-press tactics from last season and that amount of effort exerted clearly had its effect in the latter stages of the second half where Iwobi did admittedly tire.
On the ball he was making sure to always go forwards and look to cause problems for the defence, whether that meant dribbling with his strength and pace or finding the right pass.
Regardless, he moved it on quickly and effectively. There was none of the sluggish and indecisive build-up of the last few weeks.
The only mark against his performance was not getting his goal - despite having a fantastic opportunity to in the second half. He'll be so disappointed to have hit his one-on-one chance straight at the goalkeeper.
But, it's not so straight-forward for Silva in the future.
When coming on the pitch late on, Sigurdsson was well aware he needed to make his mark - and that he did in some style.
Picking the ball up on the edge of the box against a tired defence, the Icelandic international deftly turned back onto his right foot and unleashed a fantastic shot into the top corner to make it 2-0.
Just when the manager's mind seemed to be made up over that No.10 role, that strike might just throw a spanner into the works.
However, based on the display as a whole, Iwobi should have done more than enough to keep his sspot.
Of course the performance levels of those around him ultimately helped, but in the first half in particular it seemed everything good Everton were achieving was going through Iwobi.
He'll sleep well tonight after a hard-fought man-of-the-match performance.
Sigurdsson, meanwhile, will have a lot to reflect on.
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