Christian Eriksen v Gylfi Sigurdsson compared, did Tottenham sell the wrong playmaker?

Christian Eriksen playing for Denmark at Euro 2012

Tottenham Hotspur sold Gylfi Sigurdsson to Swansea City. How does he compare to Christian Eriksen?


Gylfi Sigurdsson has enjoyed an impressive return to Swansea City, scoring a magnificent free-kick against Arsenal at the weekend.

The Icelandic international was sold by Tottenham in the summer, and sees his Swansea side looking down on his former club in the table, in fifth with Spurs 12th.

There is also good reason to suggest he is outperforming the player he could not dislodge from the Tottenham team, Christian Eriksen.

  TeamGoalsAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyShots On TargetAppearances
Christian Eriksen Tottenham 3 0 19 82% 23% 11
Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea 2 7 26 85% 54% 11

While Eriksen has one more goal than Sigurdsson, he is yet to provide an assist in 11 Premier League appearances.

The Swansea midfielder has seven, a result of creating more chances. Sigurdsson also has a better pass completion rate, and records a ratio of his shots on target more than twice as good as the Dane.

Sigurdsson is thriving in an attacking midfield role, one he was rarely given a chance to succeed in at Tottenham.

Christian Eriksen was preferred, and Sigurdsson found himself restricted to being on the bench or playing out wide, limiting his impact.

At Swansea he is the focal point of attack, and everything goes through him. Was it mis-management by Tottenham to let him go, or simply a missed opportunity?

Spurs appear to have kept too many players who are below par, and allowed a genuinely talented attacker to slip through their fingers.

Selling Eriksen to keep him was not the answer either, but more efforts should have been made to integrate the pair into the same team, and Mauricio Pochettino should not have dismissed him so soon.

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