The footballing world seemed to baulk at the 45 million pounds Everton paid for Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson. However, if the Iceland midfielder's performance in the 1-1 draw against Hajduk Split on Thursday is anything to go by, then Everton have a gem of a player in their team. The 27-year-old marked his full debut for Everton with a wonder strike that had fans from around the world in a tizzy. The sensational goal helped Everton draw the match, sealing a 3-1 aggregate win and a place in the UEFA Europa League group stage.
Everton went into the match, defending a 2-0 lead from the playoff first leg at Goodison Park. But Josip Radosevic struck just before half-time to bring the Croatian side back into the game.
The stage was set for Sigurdsson in the second half to impress manager Ronald Koeman but few would have expected what followed next.
In the second half, Sigurdsson intercepted a pass and as he was falling, connected sweetly with the loose ball, 50 yards out from the goal. Even though, he lost his footing, the ball went looping over the stunned Hajduk goalkeeper and dropped into the back of the net.
Welcome to Everton Gylfi Sigurdsson pic.twitter.com/Xx8twNjdqa— Mark Robbo Robinson (@RobboGTFC) August 24, 2017
Twitter exploded after the wonder strike from the Everton star.
Gylfi Sigurdsson— IA (@ilhmdli) August 25, 2017
GYLFI SIGURDSSON goal for everton last night beats that of becham for united and drogba for chelsea— TEMITOPE (@kahzkahz) August 25, 2017
Just seen Gylfi Sigurdsson's goal from earlier; wow what a strike!!!!— Nelson (@AzumaNelson) August 25, 2017
Gylfi Sigurdsson scores his first goal for Everton...— BigSport (@BigSportGB) August 24, 2017
...from 55 yards pic.twitter.com/Xv9L3T33rs
Jordan Pickford, another big-money signing for Everton, also starred by saving a 65th-minute penalty.
Sigurdsson was bought by Everton in a club-record deal and the 27-year-old put pen to paper on a five-year contract to become the clubs' eighth summer signing.