Swansea City coach Alan Curtis has been singing the praises of Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Iceland international attacking midfielder joined the Swans from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window and has been one of the most impressive players in the Premier League so far this season.
In 11 league appearances, the 25-year-old has scored two goals and has created 26 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 85% and a shot accuracy of 64%.
It is largely due to Sigurdsson’s form that Swansea are currently fifth in the Premier League table with 18 points from 11 matches - ahead of Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham.
This is Sigurdsson’s second spell at the Liberty Stadium having featured for the Welsh outfit on loan from German club Hoffenheim in 2012, and Curtis believes that it has helped him.
“He’s come to familiar surroundings and is very central to the way we play,” Curtis told talkSPORT. “We play him in that no.10 shirt and I’m not sure Spurs used him to the best of his strengths, but he’s been terrific for us, not only for his ability on the ball, but he works extremely hard as well.
“The free-kick (against Arsenal) was testament to the work he puts in after training. As soon as we finish you’ve got to drag him off the training ground, he’s forever practising those type of free-kicks.”
Sigurdsson was the books of Tottenham for two years, but he could not make a huge impact. Despite showing his quality from time to time, he could not quite maintain consistency, scoring just eight goals in 58 Premier League appearances.
In the summer, the former Reading star was allowed to leave Spurs as he was considered surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham’s loss has been Swansea’s gain.