Glyfi Sigurdsson arrived at White Hart lane last summer for £8.8 million from German side Hoffenheim after an impressive loan spell at Swansea City.
The 23-year-old Icelandic midfielder impressed at the Liberty Stadium in 2011/12, scoring 7 goals and making 5 assists in the league for the Swans under Brendan Rodgers.
However, with the departure of Luka Modric from White Hart Lane the same summer Sigurdsson arrived, the pressure to fill the boots of the departed Croatian seemed to weigh on his shoulders.
He managed just 3 goals and 4 assists in the Premier League for Spurs, leaving the White Hart Lane faithless a little underwhelmed with his first impression and whilst he’ll be hoping to build on his debut season at Spurs this term, the new arrivals of towards £100 million may be cause for concern from his perspective.
As a central attacking midfielder, Sigurdsson is definitely going to have to compete with January signing Lewis Holtby and potentially Christian Eriksen who is presently in talks with Spurs to agree a switch from Ajax.
Both Holtby and Eriksen are considered two of the finest young playmakers on the continent in their homelands – the young German was excellent for Schalke and, although he had a tough start to life in England last term, he’ll certainly be up for the challenge this term.
Eriksen is Denmark’s best player and is considered the creative heart of the Dutch champions where he will be sorely missed – last term he 13 goals and made 23 assists for Ajax in all competitions.
Holtby, in his last full season in the Bundesliga, managed a tally of 13 goals and 8 assists, which hints at the talent this guy has when he’s on form. Meanwhile, in case Sigurdsson was getting any ideas of playing wide in Villas-Boas’ first team, he ought to think again.
New signings Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli racked up a sensational 43 goals and 17 assists between them last term for Roma and FC Twente respectively and that’s even without considering the competition already there from Aaron Lennon and in behind Sandro and Etienne Capoue will be fighting out for the holding midfield role with Dembele and Paulinho featuring fro box to box.
It’s hard to see where, how or why Gylfi Sigurdsson is going to get any access to regular first-team football at Spurs – unless Villas-Boas gets really unlucky with injuries and suspensions, I’d imagine the Icelandic midfielder will likely spend the majority of the season the bench which, for a player of his age, is a real shame. I suppose there's always the Capital One Cup?
If he wants first team football, he and the club ought to seriously consider the option of letting him go - recent reports suggested Swansea were interested in him again along with Liverpool where he could link up with his old boss at the Liberty. Will he prefer that, or want to be involved, from the periphery, with Spurs' assault for the top positions?
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