Tottenham Hotspur have hosted a number of world-class players over the years and the future is looking very bright for them at this moment in time, but one player who never really managed to reach his full potential during his time in North London was Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Spurs signed the Iceland international from German side Hoffenheim for £9 million (as per Transfermarkt) in 2012.
He managed to bag his first goal for the club in a friendly against Stevenage and then went on to grab his first competitive goal against Carlisle United in the League Cup.
Sigurdsson produced a very respectable seven goals and six assists during his first season at the club, which had fans believing that they had a special player at their disposal. Supporters will have fond memories of his performance in the North London derby win against Arsenal as he provided the assist for Gareth Bale’s goal.
However, his second campaign at the club was rather underwhelming as he produced one less goal and three less assists, with substitute appearances becoming the norm. Of course, it was always going to be difficult for him to secure a permanent place in the side with Christian Eriksen and Paulinho impressing.
He made 83 appearances for Spurs, producing 13 goals and nine assists.
Daniel Levy and Huw Jenkins reportedly (as per Wales Online) spearheaded talks over a transfer deal involving Ben Davies, Michel Vorm and Gylfi Sigurdsson, which later came to life as Swansea managed to snap the attacking midfielder up for £9.09 million (as per Transfermarkt) in the summer of 2014, with the other two joining Spurs.
Although, selling the attacking midfielder now looks to be a mistake as he went on to enjoy plenty of success at the Liberty Stadium and has reached new heights at Goodison Park.
Of course, with Spurs reportedly (as per Daily Mail) willing to sell Christian Eriksen this summer, perhaps Spurs would now have the perfect replacement for the Dane if they hadn’t of sold Sigurdsson.
He excels in all the same areas as Eriksen as he can pick a defence-splitting pass and can ensure a consistent flow of goals, as well as being able to track back and fill in. The midfielder has produced an impressive 13 goals and five assists this season, which is pretty impressive when you consider the fact he’s playing alongside weaker players.
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