Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has lavished praise on new boss Sam Allardyce.

The Iceland international has been discussing the former England manager’s influence on the team since his arrival last week and has insisted that he has added a new lease of life to the Toffees squad.

As quoted by the BBC, Sigurdsson hailed Allardyce’s influence in the short space of time he has been in Merseyside.

Sam’s been good. Very direct. We know what he wants and he explains it very well. He looks after the players very well to get the best out of them. He’s very experienced and I think that will benefit us.

We’re all used to being in the position where we change a manager and wait to get a permanent manager. For us as players it’s quite simple.

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It would be an easy excuse for us to try and use that. It does tend to happen that when you get someone in something happens. A little bit of spark.

Sigurdsson has struggled massively since his £45 million move from Swansea City in the summer transfer window, but has shown glimmers of quality in the opening chunk of the season. He netted in recent games against Southampton and Huddersfield for Everton.

It seems that the former Tottenham Hotspur man is accilimatising well now, though, under the watchful eye of Allardyce.

Sigurdsson will now hope to have a positive influence when Everton take the short trip to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon for the first Merseyside derby of the season.