Former Tottenham Hotspur ace Gylfi Sigurdsson has opened up about why he left the club over the summer.
The Icelandic star departed White Hart Lane to join Swansea City during the previous transfer window and he says it was because he was not used regularly enough during his time at Spurs and when he was on the pitch he was often forced to play out of position.
Sigurdsson made his name in English football playing in a central position, just off the striker, but he was regularly used as a winger during his fleeting time on the pitch at the North-London outfit and he feels that didn't get the best out of him.
“It was a tough decision to [leave] because Tottenham are a big club, I really enjoyed playing for them, especially in the London derbies and games like that," he said in an interview with the Guardian. "But once you finish your career, you don’t want to be looking back and thinking: ‘Maybe I spent too much time there sitting on the bench and not playing.
“Of course a little bit of frustration. I think every professional player wants to play every game and every minute because you never know when you’re going to get a chance to score, in the first minute or the 90th.
"I also probably played too much on the left for my liking – I’m not that kind of player who is going to get the ball and run past the full-back. Of course if it happens, you’ve got to do a job for the team, and no problem. But I feel better – and think you get more out of me – playing me through the middle.”
Since retuning to Swansea Sigurdsson has had a much happier time of things as he has been given a pivotal role in Garry Monk's team.
Although the Swans are not as big a club as Spurs, he is the side's creative fulcrum and he is already showing Spurs what they are missing.
He has been in fine form during the opening to the campaign and there are many around White Hart Lane who think he would be an upgrade on what they have at the club at the moment.
The Lilywhites have struggled in attacking positions and, although Sigurdsson is not a natural finisher, having his presence in the squad would have given them another dimension.
Instead, he looks set to continue to impress for Swansea, who have made an impressive start to life this campaign.
The Welsh club are already above Tottenham in the table and if they can maintain their lofty position for the foreseeable future it will be a huge shock, as they were tipped as relegation candidates before the season started.