Gylfi Sigurdsson has been in fine form for Swansea City this season, while Tottenham Hotspur have struggled for creativity in midfield since the Icelander’s departure. Were Spurs too quick to offload the 25-year-old, and do they miss him?
Sigurdsson arrived at White Hart Lane in June 2012 from 1899 Hoffenheim in an £8.8million deal. The Icelandic international, who was Andres Villa-Boas’ first Tottenham signing, went onto score 13 goals in a two-year spell with the north London club.
The 25-year-old struggled to stamp down his authority on a starting line-up place at White Hart Lane, and didn’t feature as much for Spurs as he would have liked. Because of that, Sigurdsson subsequently made the switch to Swansea before the start of the current campaign. He had a very successful loan spell at the Liberty Stadium two years ago – scoring seven goals in 18 appearances and signed for Garry Monk’s side in a deal that involved Michel Vorm and Ben Davies going in the opposite direction.
The Icelander has hit the ground running at Swansea City since his return to the club. Sigurdsson has hit five goals – including goals in wins over Manchester United, Arsenal and the Boxing Day victory over Aston Villa. He has also netted four times in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign for Iceland this term. Sigurdsson seems to be flourishing in a side with less superstars – he is one of the bigger names at the Liberty, and it’s a responsibility he seems to be enjoying.
Spurs have only netted 24 Premier League goals so far this season, and certainly lack creativity from the midfield area. Sigurdsson currently sits second in the assist table this term, behind Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas – the Swansea playmaker has already got eight assists to his name. Sigurdsson’s excellent form for the Swans this season, makes you question Tottenham’s decision to let the midfielder leave in the summer.
Tottenham have had a very indifferent start to their campaign. After struggling to maintain consistency in the early stages of the season, Spurs have picked up their form in recent weeks and have started to climb the Premier League table. Spurs have become ever too reliant on the familiar faces of Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and their goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The Lilywhites certainly could have done with the Icelander’s goals and assists this term.
Swansea were heavily beaten 4-1 at Liverpool on Monday night, but Sigurdsson was the Swans’ brightest spark in what was a very disappointing night at Anfield. The Icelander looked liked Swansea’s most dangerous attacking threat and capped his performance with the Swans’ only goal of the night. Despite Monday’s setback, it’s been a very good season so far for Garry Monk’s Swansea. The Welsh club are ninth in the Premier League table after accumulating 28 points at the halfway stage.
Gylfi Sigurdsson has undoubtedly been an excellent addition to Monk’s side this season – the midfielder has been one of Swansea’s best players of the campaign so far. The question is, should the Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino have kept the Icelandic international at White Hart Lane this season, and where would they be now if they had done?