Tottenham Hotspur have been blessed with many exciting attacking midfielders since the turn of the century, none more so than Rafael van der Vaart and Christian Eriksen.
But they have also had a few shocking signings – do you remember Gylfi Sigurdsson? Well the decision to sell him has now proven to be a masterstroke by Daniel Levy.
The Iceland international joined Spurs for just £8m from Hoffenheim following a successful loan spell at Swansea City but failed to deliver under the man who signed him, Andre Villas-Boas and then caretaker boss Tim Sherwood.
He provided only 13 goals and nine assists in 83 appearances, via Transfermarkt, so it’s no wonder that one of Mauricio Pochettino’s first decisions was to sell him on.
Spurs’ call to move him on has certainly been vindicated.
The 31-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park with Carlo Ancelotti signing an entirely new engine room this summer – he and Marcel Brands secured deals for Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure, meaning he’s now pretty much fourth or fifth choice.
According to The Athletic, the Toffees outcast was even in talks with a move to the MLS throughout the summer, a spot he could well land sooner rather than later.
Last season, the attacking maestro contributed to just five goals in 35 top-flight appearances, averaging 1.5 shots and 1.3 key passes per game, via WhoScored.
So although it wasn’t Spurs raking in the whopping £45m for him a few years ago, they were still right to move the AVB flop on at the time, thus proving to be a genius move from Levy and even Pochettino.