In focus: Gylfi Sigurdsson

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Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson would appear to be one of the most admired young midfielders in the Premier League, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool all reportedly interested in acquiring his services.

The Iceland international has enjoyed a fantastic run of form since returning to the English game, having left Reading for Hoffenheim in the summer of 2010.

Sigurdsson, who moved to the Liberty Stadium on loan in January, has found the net seven times in 14 starts for the Swans, with his displays enough to earn the 22-year-old the Premier League Player of the Month award for March.

It is unsurprising, then, that Sigurdsson has seen himself linked with a high-profile move during the summer transfer window, and the Daily Mail claims Manchester United and Liverpool are the £10 million-rated Icelander.

Throw in the reported of interest of Arsenal, too, and this summer could be an intriguing one, as some of the Premier League's most prominent clubs chase Sigurdsson's signature.

With this in mind, GMF has decided to take a closer look at the supremely talented youngster...


It is little wonder the former Reading man is the object of desire for numerous clubs, given his quite brilliant form in recent months, which has been enough to earn him comparisons to Frank Lampard.

It is his ability to find the net regularly that has seen him compared to the Chelsea veteran, with Swans boss Brendan Rodgers the first to liken the two midfielders.

"He is in the Frank Lampard mould, he gets into the six-yard box, is willing to get his shot off with his left or right foot and can score with his head like he did at Fulham," Rodgers told the Evening Standard.

He added: "He is still very young but he is a player who can do well at this level, as he has shown. He has the same hunger as Frank, who wanted to be better every single day."

Not only can Sigurdsson contribute regularly from open play, but the quality he possesses from set-pieces as both a goalscoring threat and a provider is very impressive indeed.

He is, perhaps, the most accurate dead ball specialist currently on show in the Premier League, and has provided the Swans with an incredibly dangerous option when they earn a corner or a free-kick in the attacking third.


Sigurdsson is surprisingly weak in the air, considering his stature, and although this is rarely highlighted in an attacking capacity, it is apparent when on defensive duty.

He possesses an undoubted ability to breach the opposition goal from range, but this can often lead to ambitious attempts when a more measured passing approach is required.

Another minor quibble would be his lack of serious pace, but his good positioning often negates the need to be rapid over the first five yards or so.


There is no doubting that Sigurdsson would prove to be an asset for either Manchester United, Liverpool or Arsenal, but whether or not their interest is genuine is another prospect entirely.

In the current market, £10 million would not appear to be an exorbitant fee for a player of his age and experience, and his acquisition would be one in fitting with the youth recruitment policy of his three suitors.

In terms of necessity, the signing of Sigurdsson would appear to be more important for Liverpool, given their failed recruitments of last summer and lack of goals, particularly from midfield.

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