Martinez: Duo Can Be Deadly.
Roberto Martinez says Everton will need to find a way to stop the in-form Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wilfried Bony when Swansea City head to Goodison Park on Saturday.
Ivory Coast international striker Bony and Iceland’s Sigurdsson have a combined record of five goals and eight assists to their names already this season and Martinez knows stifling the pair will be crucial if the Blues are to rack up a third straight win.
“As a team, Swansea are very much a solid block and they know exactly what they are,” said Martinez. “They are always a threat in front of goal and clearly now for Swansea that comes from Bony and Sigurdsson, two players very much on form.
“We will have to be well aware of them. Of course, they have players like Bafetimbi Gomis and Jonjo Shelvey who can assist them as well, so we know they carry a threat.”
The impact of Sigurdsson has been particularly notable since his return to south Wales in the summer from Tottenham Hotspur, the midfielder having spent a loan spell at the Liberty Stadium earlier in his career.
Playing off Bony, he has been one of the most in-form players in the Premier League in recent weeks.
And Martinez added: “Swansea have got really good options all over the park. But those two have obviously been the outstanding footballers for them since the start of the season.
“Sigurdsson as a number 10 has a really good understanding of the space and is good at finishing from long distance. He can also assist with a pass and it seems he has created a very good relationship with Bony.
“Then the wide players in this Swansea side are also very important, particularly the ones that have been there for a long time like Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge. Jefferson Montero has come in and been really bright as well, and Sigurdsson seems to have developed a good understanding with all of those players.”