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The Rumour Mill, Season 2011-12

Everton after Icelandic youngster

25/04/2012 | Comments (22)
In a completely unsubstantiated report, Everton are said to be looking into the signing of Icelandic international Bjorn Sigurdarson.

The 21-year old forward plays for Norwegian side Lillestrom, and Everton are reported to face competiton from Sunderland and new boys Reading for his signature.

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Ben Jones
367   Posted 25/04/2012 at 14:09:33

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If hes not a target man, then I would take him. We have four target men as strikers at the moment, far too many!
Jon Ferguson
384   Posted 25/04/2012 at 15:00:15

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Just had a look at him on Youtube (which can make an average player look like Maradona). He is playing against pretty poor players, but he looks like he's got a nice touch, very fast and importantly for the Premier League, he looks strong (he's about 6ft). It says he's a striker, but from the footage he looks more like a winger, the position we need to fill most.

Possibly worth a gamble, surely he wouldn't cost much coming from Lillestrom.
Jem Traynor
393   Posted 25/04/2012 at 15:45:36

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Sounds worth a try-out at least! Got to be worth doing with the said state of Everton at the minute!
Njål Vigleik Johnsen
394   Posted 25/04/2012 at 15:44:00

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Bjørn Bergman Sigurdason..Well, he has been hailed as tippeligaens (The norwegian league) best player so far this term, BUT he is no goalscorer.

The pundits say that he has the potential of Zlatan (albeeit a completely different type of player). If he resembles anybody in the EPL I would say a young drogba, maybe James Beattie before he joined Everton.

He is strong, fast, and has tons of will and power in his movements. So far though, he has shown a lack of finishing. Maybe he could work like a kind of 10, as tiny tims tenure at our club draws to a close..he`ll be cheap anyway.

I him come june:)
Jimmy Sørheim
400   Posted 25/04/2012 at 15:59:21

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AS I follow TIppeligaen I have to say SIgurdson is not good enough for us.

Would Rather we got Moa from Hannover 96 in Germany.
Compared to him Sigurdson is just average.

Overall the level of Tippeliga is quite poor, and to buy any player from there is a long term project at best!

WE already have Vellios who has the best chance convertion of all our strikers this season, (Anichebe is being used as a right midfielder so he does not count).

Vellios is also young and already has more experience then Sigurdson.

No need to buy Sigurdson in my mind.
Paul David
401   Posted 25/04/2012 at 16:04:48

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Njal do you know much about Henriksen of Rosenborg and Jenssen of Tromso
Paul David
403   Posted 25/04/2012 at 16:06:28

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Or Jimmy if you know about these players.
Mark Stone
499   Posted 25/04/2012 at 21:44:34

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Are we just pulling random names out of nowhere, now? I'd rather we signed Messi from Barcelona - compared to him Sigurdarson is just average!
John Daley
519   Posted 25/04/2012 at 23:45:57

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"Just had a look at him on Youtube (which can make an average player look like Maradona)"

Well, if we're going down that route...he's fucking lethal on Fifa 12. Still not as good as his strike partner 'Fat Takeawayboy' though.

"If he resembles anybody in the EPL I would say a young drogba, maybe James Beattie"

..because there's such a fine line between the two.
Steve Smith
585   Posted 26/04/2012 at 10:55:48

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What's he like at defending corners?
Njål Vigleik Johnsen
628   Posted 26/04/2012 at 12:57:11

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Paul: Markus Henriksen is the attacking midfielder from Rosenborg. He is a vital part of the build up-play, and is also in contenstion for the national team. He has a good shot from outside the box aswell.

The problem with him is perhaps the price. He is regarded as one of the most promising midfielders in the country, and, playing for the dynastic rosenborg side, he would not be sold for less then maybe 2-3 mill.

Ruben Yttergård Jenssen is a somewhat similar type. 23 years old, and one of the most important players for the runner ups last season, Tromsø.

Tromsø is a "selling club" as it struggles with finance, so..why not?

It is also uncertain wether he would flourish in the EPL. Its a far step from tippeligaen.

Paul David
633   Posted 26/04/2012 at 13:16:18

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Thank you Njal.I have heard good things about them and at that price is doesnt sound like too much of a gamble.
Alan Humphreys
634   Posted 26/04/2012 at 13:30:24

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"...doesnt sound like too much of a gamble."

Sadly Paul, when £2-3m is likely to be your entire budget (if you're lucky) then 2 relatively unknown and untried players in this country are just that.

Like this thinking outside of the box though !
Paul David
637   Posted 26/04/2012 at 13:34:37

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Alan 634

I am hoping Moyes will be having a clear out in the summer to raise money; if he doesn't, he is a fool. The two Norwegian lads' wages would also be a fraction of Cahill's.
Gaute Lie
737   Posted 26/04/2012 at 16:52:21

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He's scored something like 10 gls in 60 matches. And this is in a league with far worse defenders than that of the PL. Worse in the meaning less quality in all aspects of the game. The Tippeligaen do produce some quality players, usually defenders.

I would rate Bjørn Sigurdsson below all of our attackers and can't see what Everton could gain with him on the team.

I wish we could get Steven Pieenar. And a right back. And perhaps a left sided defender. And a winger of high quality.
I do not see the need for any more attackers, and it looks to me mr Jelavic is a true goalgetter and a bargain for us.
No need to go for a half-decent player from a league with mostly poor players.
Mike Allison
738   Posted 26/04/2012 at 17:06:57

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Really poor scoring record at that level. If we're buying a forward from a Scandinavian league I'd expect him to be close to a goal a game, not one in six.
Lars Vindenes
992   Posted 27/04/2012 at 13:34:44

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As a supporter of both Everton and Sigurdarsons current club, I am surprised sone of the comments from my fellow Norwegians, and in ny opinion, Thomas is exactly the type of player Everton should be after.

He is not a traditional striker, and might never be a top goalscorer - personally I would compare him with Eidur Gudjohnsen, but with more pace and strength. He is by far the most talented player Norway, and several pundits all ready see him as the best player in the Norwegian league at 21. Yes, it's crappy league, but so is the SPL, and Jelavic isn't doing too bad, is he?

Njål Vigleik Johnsen
258   Posted 28/04/2012 at 16:01:04

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I fully agree with lars. He's worth the gamble.
Gaute Lie
260   Posted 28/04/2012 at 16:02:11

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I have to admit, to my fellow norwegians here, I don't care much for Lillestrøm. I reckon they are the "dark side".

I can't believe though, that you place him up with Eidur Gudjonsson.

Where do you see Sigurdsson play, then? In the Cahill role? That's the only place I would use him. If I had to.
Njål Vigleik Johnsen
265   Posted 28/04/2012 at 16:01:04

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I fully agree with Lars. He's worth the gamble.
Jørn Hjelbak
682   Posted 04/05/2012 at 11:23:22

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I have my doubts ... Will he be able to raise the level at Everton? well I'm not sure. But he can be a good gamble? sure. Depends on the price and wage. I think we can find better options elsewhere.
Bjorn Helge Rise (Lillestørm) was described as one of the best in Norwegian TL and we all know what his contribution to the PL was. Absolutely nothing.
Jørn Hjelbak
622   Posted 21/05/2012 at 08:52:21

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After seeing the last few games, he has scored some goals, yes... but I cannot see that he will raise the level of Everton, he is barely enough a "gamble". See other places!

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