Andre Villas-Boas was right to stop Gylfi Sigurdsson going back to Reading on transfer deadline day.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is not the main man at Tottenham at the moment, even more so now that Lewis Holtby has come in and started playing like a possessed genius at the North London club.
It’s transpired that Sigurdsson could have gone back to Reading on the last day of the January window but AVB blocked the move, and rightly so, because Sigurdsson is more vital to Spurs than he perhaps realises.
Sigurdsson is a technical sound player and his quality in terms of the skills he possesses means Spurs would have been very naïve to let him walk away from the club. This quality will get him numerous first team appearances for the rest of the season.
The race for fourth place means a lot to Spurs. Sigurdsson will be vital over the rest of the season in making this happen. If it does, they will also need him next season and beyond because they will be playing a much higher ratio of games.
AVB needed to keep Sigurdsson at the club because he provides another squad option. If Spurs are going to retain their fourth place, AVB needs to keep the squad fresh over the rest of the season and Sigurdsson’s presence is something which ultimately allows him to do that.
Few other players at Spurs have the kind of versatility that Sigurdsson possesses. He can play in the pocket behind a striker, he can player in the centre of midfield or he can play a slightly wider role in the team. His best position at the club is a little unclear but he retains importance through his versatility.
He is perfectly suited to the way Spurs like to play football and it makes no sense for AVB to let him leave, considering he is an extremely gifted player when it comes to passing football. If they let him leave, they’d just end up replacing him with another version of him so it makes no sense.
Was AVB right to stop Sigurdsson joining Reading?
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