Stats: Shelvey vs Sigurdsson - who should Palace move for?

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Crystal Palace have been linked with moves for both Jonjo Shelvey and Gylfi Sigurdsson this month but which would be the better signing for The Eagles?

Tony Pulis is looking to add some creativity to his midfield ahead of the new season and is hoping to secure the signing of either Jonjo Shelvey or Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Palace have been linked with a move for Shelvey as Pulis is an admirer of the 22-year-old Swansea man, though the club are hoping to beat The Swans to the signing of Tottenham's Gylfi Sigurdsson as well.

Both players would make great signings and would probably cost around the same amount of money, with Sigurdsson valued at £10 million by Spurs, though The Eagles have reportedly readied an offer of £8 million for the Icelandic international.

Swansea have already been strongly linked with Sigurdsson and want to see the Spurs man return to Wales where he enjoyed a successful loan spell at the club in 2012.

Palace will hope to secure the services of at least one of the pair ahead of the new campaign as they look to build on their incredible rise under Tony Pulis last season.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistChance Created / appsShot /appsAccurate Pass /appsFwd Pass /appsTouches /appsMins
Jonjo Shelvey Swansea MF 32 6 6 1.41 2.44 41.84 15.13 66.00 2,475
Gylfi Sigurdsson Spurs MF 25 5 0 0.60 1.48 17.04 5.68 31.00 1,276

Shelvey made eight more appearances in the Premier League during the last campaign, but saw almost twice as many minutes than Sigurdsson managed at Spurs.

The Swansea midfielder scored one more goal than Sigurdsson and creating more than twice the amount of chances per game, whilst also having more shots on goal per appearance.

The Tottenham man struggled to get involved as much and Shelvey was much more commanding for Swansea as he made over 40 accurate passes per game and ten more forward passes per game than Sigurdsson managed.

Sigurdsson would certainly be better if he saw regular game time at Palace, but a move for Shelvey should be prioritised based on the statistics.

The young Englishman isn't afraid to try and control the game on his own and his ability to control the tempo would be vital for The Eagles.

Swansea wouldn't be willing to part with Shelvey easily, though they may move for Sigurdsson as his replacement if the former Liverpool man were to depart in a return to London.

A deal for either Shelvey or Sigurdsson would strengthen the Palace squad but Pulis should make Jonjo Shelvey his primary target if available.

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