Eriksen v Sigurdsson: The stats that suggest Spurs made a mistake

Christian Eriksen playing for Denmark at Euro 2012

Comparing the Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City players' form in the early stages of the campaign.

In the summer Tottenham Hotspur waved goodbye to Gylfi Sigurdsson, as the Icelandic international headed back to Swansea City as part of the deal that saw Michel Vorm and Ben Davies arrive at White Hart Lane.  But after seven Premier League matches, could Spurs be regretting that particular piece of business?

Sigurdsson has played a huge role in the Swans' impressive start to the season, scoring one goal and setting up six more, while Eriksen has scored twice but failed to provide a single assist to date.

As you can see from the stats below, Sigurdsson also has a quite remarkable on-target scoring accuracy of 75 per cent, which puts Eriksen's 31.25 per cent in the shade and goes a long way to showing why the older player has been so effective in front of goal in the past.

  GoalsGoal AssistKey PassTotal Scoring AttemptOn-target Scoring AttemptOn-target Shooting AccuracyPassing AccuracyForward PassAppsMins
Christian Eriksen 2 0 13 16 5 31.25% 82.49% 111 7 559
Gylfi Sigurdsson 1 6 18 8 6 75% 84.25% 62 7 618

The Swansea player also has a better passing accuracy than his former Tottenham teammate, although that is a lot closer, but Eriksen far outperforms Sigurdsson in terms of forward passes, the Danish international playing almost double what the 25-year-old has managed.

With Spurs struggling for goals at times this season, Sigurdsson would have been an outstanding option to have either from the start or on the bench, but instead they opted to part with him for a back-up goalkeeper and a left-back who has only made one Premier League appearance this season.

There is no doubt Eriksen will grow into one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe, but Tottenham needed as many goal-threats as they could get this season, and it is a conundrum why they parted with one who has already played his part in seven league goals by the start of October.

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