Gylfi Sigurdsson towards the end of the January transfer window, you have to question the logic in keeping around such an obvious square peg in a round hole, so will the north London outfit come to regret turning down such an attractive offer in the future?

It’s worth noting that Sigurdsson was very much a Daniel Levy signing, put in place even before the Portuguese manager had walked through the door. Andre Villa-Boas was certainly asked his opinion on his first signing in charge, and after such a successful six-month spell at Swansea the campaign before, for a fee of about £8m, with Rafael van der Vaart being ushered towards the exit door, it made sense to bring in a suitable replacement.

Nevertheless, after starting just six league games so far this season and eight across all competitions, it’s become clear that life at White Hart Lane has proven more of a struggle than even his biggest critics would have previously assumed. There’s a sense that unless the 23-year-old is scoring, that he doesn’t really contribute a whole lot less, but he’s still reasonably young and learning his trade, so is there a future still for him at the club?

Villas-Boas would seem to think so, telling reporters why he blocked the deal towards the end of the window: “Obviously he’s a player that means a lot to Reading. But he’s a player that we rate very highly. We brought him here after his amazing contribution [on loan] for Swansea last year and he’s a player that we have high expectations for. Probably this season at the moment he is not going to the level that he wants, but he’s a player that we believe a lot in, and in his future here. We couldn’t allow him to leave.”

The arrival of Clint Dempsey as a utility forward towards the end of the summer and the January acquisition of Lewis Holtby, brought forward a full six months ahead of schedule would seem to complicate matters even further, with Villas-Boas clearly earmarking the latter for that role behind the lone striker, whoever that may be next season. The fact that a deal had already been put in place for Holtby to arrive in the summer when his contract runs out from Schalke, but that a £1.5m switch was secured last month is a sad indictment of the faith they place in Sigurdsson at the moment, who looks bereft of confidence whenever he has featured these past few months, even being tried out in an unfamiliar wide left position.

McDermott revealed that Reading made three offers which were all turned down by Tottenham, so that shows a degree of persistence on their part just as much as it does a stubborn refusal to give up on a player so soon after buying him in the first place.

The club’s fans haven’t quite taken to him either and there’s a sense that he’s something of a forgotten man around the place; not quite quick enough, not quite tricky or technical enough, nor dependable enough to have any sort of lasting impact on the starting eleven and he’s been forced to make 19 of his 27 appearances this term off the bench.

He was bought with a specific role in mind but has faced increased competition in the position he is most effective in and Villas-Boas has even preferred picking Emmanuel Adebayor just behind Jermain Defoe at times in a more traditional 4-4-2 formation, with Dempsey pushed out wide to cover Gareth Bale’s absence, rather than trust Sigurdsson to fill the gap temporarily.

The final offer made by Reading would have seen Tottenham make a £2m profit in terms of the fees involved and you have to wonder whether they’ll ever get as an attractive offer as that further down the line, particularly while his stock continues to fall. Cutting your losses can often be quite embarrassing for every party involved, but with Villas-Boas set to add to his squad once more in the summer, perhaps with another move for Joao Moutinho, you have to ask yourself, how much longer do you wait before coming to the same inevitable conclusion? That’s he’s just not up to the standard required for a side with Champions League ambitions.

The logic behind his decision to reject Liverpool’s advances and continue to work under a manager in Brendan Rodgers at Anfield that he had a good relationship with at the time looked a strange one, but with every passing fixture, as his rivals continue to stake their claims, it looks even worse. Sigurdsson can only watch from the bench now, frustrated at his lack of prominence and inability to change the tone of the narrative, with the route back looking ever more distant and difficult to travel.

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  • Chris
    1 year ago

    Took it and run is an understatement.

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  • JD
    1 year ago

    WHAT A SILLY BILLY LEVY CAN BE AT MOST TIMES THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN IF TRUE A SPLENDID CHANCE TO GET SHOT OF A VERY OVERRATED PLAYER WHO HAS HAD PLENTY OF PLAYING TIME TO MAKE A NAME FOR HIMSELF CAN`T SEE THE GUY STAYING LONG ANOTHER JENAS CAN`T FILL HIS POTENTIAL .

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  • TyeRaid
    1 year ago

    Sigurdsson looked good in the Spurs side that toured the USA last summer. However, all the new competition has pushed him down the pecking order and (naturally) his confidence has suffered. It would have made sense in the light of new arrivals to the squad if Spurs had sold him for a very attractive £10m and put the money towards another striker in the summer. If we are to understand that the Sig was a ‘Levy signing’ this may go a little way to explaining why he did not move to Reading. He ramains a good player in my opinion, but he also remains a largely unused player.

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    • Ray
      1 year ago

      Sigurdsson was indeed a Levy signing but then again so was Dembele, Vertonghen and wasnt VDV also a Levy signing?

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  • Bazza
    1 year ago

    Seems to me that Sigurdsons difficulty in getting in a team he looked good in 8 months ago is a good sign the team has moved on once again. It dont make him a poor player it just means the team has got better, if you get rid of him who is going to replace him for the same 10m? It’s been a long time since an 11 man team won the league. It’s a squad competition now and in our squad we have players as good as Sigurdson on the bench.

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  • spurs4Life
    1 year ago

    ShouLd of sold Siggy & Defoe & brought in a ttop class striker

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  • Arnie
    1 year ago

    This was a half decent article until I read that Boas might go back in for Joao Moutinho.What world you living in.Wise up to the fact nobody is coming in.Reason being there are piles of earth across the road and until that is converted in to a new stadium the very best you will see is loans and rejects, such as Saha/Nelsen even Boas was free.

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  • defectedmonkey
    1 year ago

    You guys are very wrong. Sigurdsson will become an invaluable player in the first team. I don’t think Villas Boas knows where to play him. The trouble is when ever he plays he’s been up front with Dempsey, who is awful at linking up play. When Sigurdsson gets a run in the team with the first team players around him, I think you’ll see a decent player.

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    • spuds4me
      1 year ago

      I know where avb should play Siggy; at Reading.

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      • Jack Ah
        1 year ago

        5 assists 2 goals from 21 games and 9 starts. If he is indeed having a bad season I’d like to see the stats when he isn’t. He’s far too good for Reading and in the future a team like Reading wouldn’t even become an option. Does anyone else remember when Gareth Bale was almost flogged of to Forest for £5million by Harry Redknapp? Same difference ~ he hasn’t had enough time to make his mark in a spurs shirt. But he will in the future.

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  • kosher kid
    1 year ago

    Sigurdsen will play a lot next season. I expect Bale to be sold and the width to come from the full backs, probably Kyle walker and Danny Rose. Have a feeling Lennon and Parker may be gone by January 2014 too.

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    • spuds4me
      1 year ago

      God you’re depressing me – you mean we’re gonna morph into swansea?

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  • spuds4me
    1 year ago

    A classic no-brainer – should’ve without a doubt, we’d even have made a profit and I’m sure Siggy would relish helping Reading stay up.
    What really annoys me about this is we could have then got a decent striker without levy wetting himself about the cost. Bizarre.

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  • Me
    1 year ago

    What and paid £10 million for a replacement? We would have been short in midfield cover. Sigurdsson ha shown flashes in games that he can adapt so we were right to keep him.

    Spurs maintained they wanted to buy a striker in the summer (when they are cheaper) unless they could get someone better than they had, the right approach. You don’t buy just for the sake of it. Ade was missing for much of the first part of the season injured so our situation is no different than it was then and we sit 1 point off third. Our rivals Arsenal and Everton didn’t strengthen so there is no need to panic.

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