Gylfi Sigurdsson: The Premier League's most underrated player

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Gylfi Sigurdsson joined Swansea in the most recent summer transfer window from Tottenham Hotspur for a reported fee of £10 million, and what an absolute steal that deal has proved to be. This was the Icelander's second spell at Swansea having been loaned there in the 2012 season.

Sigurdsson struggled to hold his place in a quality Tottenham side having had to compete for spots against players like Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Christian Eriksen. In a slightly underwhelming three years at the club he only managed eight goals in 58 appearances.

The attacking midfielder has had a fast start to this season having already scored 6 goals and assisted 7 goals in 13 games, meaning he has averaged an involvement in at least one goal a game so far this term.

Not only has Sigurdsson been having a successful year individually but his team has also been having a very solid campaign. After finishing just three wins off the relegation zone last season they were considered a strong bet to take the drop this season.

However their chances of staying in the Premier League have been bolstered by the impact that Sigurdsson has had on the team. The swans are currently sitting in 8th position on the table and are just one win outside the top four.

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Gylfi was the Dutch destroyer two weeks ago

As good as Gylfi has been for Swansea, he has been even better for his national team Iceland. He has managed to score 4 goals in just 3 appearances for his country this season including scoring both goals in a recent surprise win over the Netherlands.

The fact that Sigurdsson has had a not so successful stint at a better club like Tottenham but looked very dangerous for Iceland and Swansea, leads to suggest that he flourishes in slightly weaker teams that give him ample opportunity.

It appears that he prefers to have the position to himself instead of competing against world-class players for the position. Playing for a less successful team like Swansea may be the reason that he is so underrated but he is undoubtedly one of the best attacking midfielders in the league.

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