Gylfi Sigurdsson had an eventful first year at White Hart Lane, after Tottenham Hotspur secured him under the noses of Liverpool and Swansea City.
The Icelander chipped in with crucial goals on some occasions, but had to settle down on a squad role for the season.
He failed to hold down a regular starting spot so far. Spurs' resolve were tested by then Premier League side Reading with a club record bid back in January, but Spurs think tank rated the youngster highly and he remained in north London.
This summer started further speculations surrounding the future of attacking midfielder. Sigurdsson was targeted by clubs again as the youngster was identified as a potential superstar in footballing circles.
His talent and potential indicates a bright future and Andre Villas-Boas counts on the talented youngster in the long run. The arrival of Lewis Holtby in winter and Nacer Chadli hasn't changed the dynamic managers stance on the Icelander. It was American international Clint Dempsey, who had to move to make way for the new additions.
What makes Sigurdsson integral to the Spurs set up?
He is considered as a set piece specialist and is also known for his long range shooting ability. His clever link-up play and ability to play as an inverted winger makes him suitable for multiple positions in midfield. Versatility and free flowing football gels well with AVB's plans isn't it?
He scored seven times last season and was the most relied person on the bench to change the course of the game. Sigurdsson provides an option of a clever attacking midfielder who can link-up with his team mates to deadly effect which is a dangerous weapon in AVB's Spurs side.
Sigurdsson also plays a key role on recycling possession and was a hardworking and willing runner whenever needed. His creative vision is impressive and he can create goals out of nothing.
The free flowing nature of Spurs attacks is ideal for Sigurdsson who is versatile, creative and determined to play a key role for the team's cause. Spurs have played their cards neatly first in bringing him home and then by remaining patient.
Towards the end of season, Sigurdsson had showed glimpses of his talent in a left wing role with impressive performances against Arsenal, Everton, Chelsea to name a few.
This pre-season we have seen him linking effortlessly well with the strikers in a number 10 role, the role with which he was brought for.
With Gareth Bale's future in disarray, Tottenham goal scoring exploits are set to rely heavily on Sigurdsson, who is ready to play both the left wing and number 10 role's previously occupied by the Welshman.
Sigurdsson has passed the auditioning test in flying colours, even though he took time to adjust to his new surroundings, he might be hoping to hit the purple patch soon.
Can we expect a similar performance which made him a star at Swansea City?
A consistent run of games towards the end of season had got the best out of Sigurdsson in a Spurs shirt.
Another run of games is awaiting the attacking midfielder as Spurs are preparing for new season with Sigurdsoon at the fulcrum.
A player high on confidence can be devastating to the opponents and we expect the same from Sigurdsson.
If the signs so far are an indicator, Sigurdsson is going to play a key role for Spurs this season. It remains to be seen whether it is with Bale or without him.
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