Some people touted him as a potential world-class player after storming the Premier League in his first season with Swansea City, but ever since his move to Spurs, has Gylfi Sigurðsson lived up to his potential?
Gylfi was getting a wide amount of press as a Swansea City player after netting seven times in a six-month loan deal from German side Hoffenheim. The Icelandic international was gaining a vast amount of interest from clubs such as Liverpool and Everton, and it even seemed that Liverpool would be his ideal destination after the introduction of his previous manager at Swansea joined Liverpool in Brendan Rogers. However, after the controversial appointment of AVB, he wasted little time as 24 hours after he became Spurs boss, he had made his first signing in Gylfi Sigurðsson.
Gylfi openly stated that although the possibility of playing under his former manager Brendan Rodgers was a tempting one, he believed the future was a brighter one at Spurs.
A lot of people were shocked after the apparent inevitable transfer to Liverpool, but an initial reaction from the Spurs fans was that we might have pinched a little (I say little, he is actually six foot one, but you get my point) star from the hands of Liverpool. His technical ability was and is still unquestioned, he has the capabilities to create a chance for himself or others, and is certainly a dead ball specialist, unfortunately for him, we also have the unstoppable Gareth Bale.
His first year at Spurs did not start off particularly positively; he was finding himself on the bench with the likes of Mousa Dembélé, Sandro and Scott Parker ahead of him in the pecking order. But after a first six months of limited appearances for Gylfi, as well as a January transfer window that saw him the subject of three separate bids from Brian McDermott of Reading (and now of Leeds United). He decided to stay put and I think we can safely say he made the correct decision.
Since the beginning of February, Sigurðsson, with the help of a change in formation by Spurs with Bale now playing in a CAM/CF role, allowing Sigurdsson to play on the left hand side of the midfield, has started to show real glimpses of what we saw at Swansea. His first goal came against West Ham on February 25th, in which it will not be remembered for Gylfi’s first Premier League goal, but excusably Gareth Bale’s last minute rocket shot to win an extremely important game for Spurs in their chase for Champions League football.
Gylfi has now become an integral part of the Spurs team under AVB, and to some he is an automatic starter, which would not have been the case six months ago. Sometimes he may go unnoticed in games, but you can not rule out the chance of a great ball whipped into the box or even a long range shot from him hitting the back of the net.
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