Flying Swans star Gylfi Sigurdsson shows Spurs made mistake
Gylfi Sigurdsson is currently enjoying success with Swansea City (9/1 with Coral for a top six finish) and Iceland, but the fine form of both his club and country is no coincidence and owes much to the scintillating Scandinavian star.
Since making a permanent switch back to former loan club Swansea this summer, sensational Sigurdsson has gone from strength to strength. Clearly more comfortable and confident in south Wales than White Hart Lane, the 24-year-old is demonstrating the kind of performances that saw Spurs snap him up in the first place.
With seven assists in 13 games across all competitions so far this season, Sigurdsson is second only to Cesc Fabregas as top Premier League provider. Garry Monk’s men, and in particular frontman Wilfried Bony, have thrived on his service, which has helped propel them to fifth place in the league.
Sigurdsson was on target seven times in 18 league outings for the Swans back in 2011/12, and has netted three times already this term to prove he has not lost the finishing touch.
After also scoring four goals in three Euro 2016 qualifiers for Iceland, Sigurdsson, always a constant for his nation, is revelling in the increased responsibility following his return to the Liberty Stadium.
The reasons for talented and hard-working Sigurdsson’s renaissance appear to be simple. His ability is never in doubt with the Swans, as Monk clearly identified him as a man to build a team around after his return to Wales. Galvanised by increased playing time, with the maestro one of the first names on the team sheet, it is not just a case of being a big fish in a smaller pond.
Restored to his natural position behind the striker, attacking from the centre of the pitch, as opposed to being shunted out wide to accommodate others, Sigurdsson is simply more effective. He has more than paid back the faith in him already, racking up crucial goals against Manchester United and Arsenal.
Whilst as a former teammate Monk would undoubtedly know the attacking midfielder’s abilities and limitations better than most, former club Tottenham, currently toiling and sitting 12th in the league, must be regretting allowing the talent to leave London.
Sigurdsson likely chose to move to Spurs with the hope of finishing in a European place and challenging at the top end of the table, but is now enjoying that instead with Swansea. Tottenham, meanwhile, could certainly use a player of his ilk and effectiveness.
The inspirational Iceland attacker is providing goals, assists and work-rate galore for the Swans as Spurs continue to stumble in attack.
Mauricio Pochettino traded Sigurdsson back to Swansea, in a player-plus-cash deal involving Ben Davies, who has featured just once in the Premier League this term. The Swans undoubtedly got the better end of the bargain and must scarcely believe their luck in landing Sigurdsson once more.
Iceland fans must also be rooting for Swansea and Sigurdsson to continue their fantastic start to the season, after the buoyed midfielder downed the Dutch with a brace last time out. Lars Lagerback and Heirmir Hallgrimsson’s Iceland (11/2 to win Group A) are currently topping a pool that also contains big-guns the Czech Republic, Netherlands and Turkey.
A challenging friendly against Belgium is up next for the Scandinavian side and if star man Sigurdsson can keep up his potent performances, they can have realistic hope of qualifying for the European Championships for the first time in their history.