Forgotten man Sigurdsson holds hand up for Tottenham inclusion

The Iceland international scored a brace against Norwich on Saturday, and despite competition for places will look to be a regular starter for the side.

You could be forgiven for forgetting about Gylfi Sigurdsson after the influx of attacking midfield talent at Tottenham over the summer, but the Iceland international proved his worth with two well-taken goals yesterday against Norwich.

Christian Eriksen made his Tottenham debut at White Hart Lane on Saturday, with fellow summer signing Erik Lamela coming off the bench also. With Nacer Chadli added to Spurs’ squad, the return and resurgence of Andros Townsend and Lewis Holtby and Aaron Lennon also in attendance, competition for attacking midfield berths is set to be fierce.

However, Andre Villas-Boas was full of praise for the Scandinavian goalscorer after the game.

"Sigurdsson is a big fighter in this squad, always hoping for his opportunity to arrive,” the Portuguese trainer stated.

"When it does arrive, he puts on performances like this. It was the same for him last season, in February and March. We saw his best level today."

Sigurdsson had a slow start to life at Tottenham after signing last summer, but began to prove his worth in the second half of the season. One thing that the 24-year-old certainly does offer is a goal threat. He has had good returns in his time in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim and it was his ability to hit the net for Swansea on a loan spell that earned him a move to north London.

Although certainly not guaranteed a place in the first team when everyone is fit, available and on form, Sigurdsson will be a crucial player to Tottenham. With Gareth Bale’s significant goal tally from last season to be made up for, getting goals from midfield will take a lot of the pressure off the likes of Roberto Soldado.

He scored valuable goals against West Ham, Everton and Chelsea in the final months of the Premier League season last term, and having him on the scoresheet at the start of this campaign can only be a good thing.

Sigurdsson would most likely prefer to play through the middle in a number ten role, but Eriksen’s arrival has most likely limited that option. With Lamela, Lennon and Townsend fighting it out for a starting berth on the right, Sigurdsson has the opportunity to nail down a place on the left – his versatility to play across any of the three positions makes him a solid option.

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