Gylfi Sigurdsson is facing his biggest ever game for Tottenham Hotspur since he joined the club.
That is going to increase the pressure across all of the Tottenham Hotspur team and in particular Gylfi Sigurdsson, who should see Bale’s current injury as a chance to stake a claim for a regular place in the team.
Sigurdsson plays at a club where the competition for places in the midfield is extremely competitive and if he wants to stay in the side for the rest of the season, the trip to Basel could be his most important match of the season.
He is one of the more attacking players in the Spurs midfield so he’s going to be under pressure to get forward and be more creative because Tottenham don’t have the quality and goals of Bale to fall back on.
He can be effective in this game by approaching it with the same calm and composed character which he has always displayed, which is what earned him a move from Hoffenheim in the first place.
He should also be confident because he’s in good form with four goals from his last four games for club and country including a brace for Iceland in the World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.
What makes this match so important for him is the fact that if he plays poorly, he could be left out of vital matches for the rest of the season, regardless of whether Bale is injured for all of that period or not.
A lot can happen in the summer but Spurs could easily attract another top class attacking midfielder, which could see Sigurdsson falling even further behind his teammates in the pecking order.
He should have the ambition to become the most important midfield player for the club, as opposed to someone who may end up warming the bench next season if he doesn’t produce his very best right now.
Not only does he have to try and make up that creative gap because of Bale’s absence, he’s locked in various personal battles, especially against Lewis Holtby who does a similar job in the Tottenham midfield.
It’s an opportunity for him to show that he’s a far better player than his numbers have suggested this season; nine goals in 47 appearances.
He’s been very reliable since Bale got injured, he’s been scoring goals and if he puts in a solid performance in what is arguably his biggest ever game for Spurs, then he could cement his place in the team.
Do you expect him to play well?
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