Sigurdsson: the one that got away

Tottenham head to Swansea tomorrow in a big match for both teams but for very different reasons. Swansea are one point above the relegation zone whilst Spurs are launching a late bid for the title. It’s former Spur Gylfi Sigurdsson that will be looking to spearhead Swansea’s fight.


Sigurdsson has been in fantastic form this season. In a team that has largely struggled, Sigurdsson has managed 8 goals and 11 assists. The player was hugely popular at WHL despite being on the fringes throughout his two seasons with the club.

There is a sense of regret with “Siggy” though. The Icelandic player is a talented and creative attacking midfielder and is a dead ball specialist. It’s arguable that Tottenham already have that in Eriksen – and this is probably why Sigurdsson was allowed to leave.

With that being said, we are criticised as a squad for not having enough depth. It’s players like Sigurdsson that we need in the team to be able to rotate but not lose quality. This is a fact not lost on manager Pochettino who recently commented on the player:

“I think after he moved to Swansea and we saw his development at Swansea, he was a perfect player for us,” Pochettino said. “But it was a club decision and his decision to move to Swansea and find another way. Every time we meet him and see him, he shows his quality – not only as a player but like a man. All the people here talk very highly about him. It’s a shame but sometimes in football you never know what will happen. There are no regrets.

“When we arrived at Tottenham we had 34 senior players and it was difficult to assess them all in the first few weeks, because we did not have enough time. The decision when we were in Seattle was for him to play the first friendly game. I remember he was in the starting XI to play that match and I had a call to say: ‘OK, the agreement is done with Swansea.’ When the club and player decide to move, there is nothing you can do about that.”

I’m sure that others will be sad to see Sigurdsson wearing the white of Swansea tomorrow rather than Spurs. However, with Pochettino a keen admirer of Sigurdsson is there a potential move back to WHL on the cards…?

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