Struggling Gylfi Sigurdsson embodies Everton’s malaise for Sam Allardyce

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• Manager admits Icelander’s protracted record move was never straightforward
• ‘You need a greater mentality because the demand is higher for Everton’

Sam Allardyce believes Gylfi Sigurdsson has struggled to cope with the pressure of playing for Everton and the manager plans to bring in a sports psychologist to address the mental frailties of his new charges.

The Icelander became Everton’s £45m club record buy, making him £17m more expensive than any previous signing at Goodison Park, when he arrived from Swansea in August and Allardyce feels he has found it difficult to adjust to the demands of life at a higher-profile club.

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