Garry Monk glad to have Gylfi Sigurdsson back at Swansea ahead of Tottenham reunion

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Swansea boss Garry Monk is benefiting from Mauricio Pochettino's decision to sell Gylfi Sigurdsson last summer.

There's little time for Tottenham to dwell on Sunday's Capital One Cup final defeat to Chelsea, with the Premier League clash against Swansea City coming up on Wednesday.

Mauricio Pochettino's men are without a win in their last five games in all competitions, with their last win coming against North London rivals Arsenal at the start of February.

With a top four place still on the agenda for Spurs, a win against Swansea at White Hart Lane is needed - and the game will see plenty of reunions.

Swansea defender Kyle Naughton left Spurs for Swansea in January and may feature, whilst Tottenham could call upon ex-Swans Michel Vorm or Ben Davies if they wanted to, even though neither are first team regulars.

Yet the most intriguing reunion is that Icelandic playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson will make his first return to White Hart Lane since moving back to South Wales in the summer.

The 25-year-old enjoyed a productive loan spell at the Liberty Stadium in 2012, and his seven goals in 19 appearances under Brendan Rodgers prompted Tottenham to splash out to bring him back to the Premier League permanently from Hoffenheim.

Sigurdsson was far from a key player at Spurs, scoring 13 goals in 85 games for the club before he left to find first-team football back at Swansea - and manager Garry Monk told the Daily Mail that he's glad Pochettino decided to let Sigurdsson leave the club in part-exchange for the aforementioned Vorm and Davies.

"He just needed that place he felt comfortable and had some regular football and played to his strengths," Monk said. "I think he has showed that for the majority of this season. He came to us a better player than when he was here in his first spell so he obviously improved a lot at Tottenham."

"He (Pochettino) made his decision in the summer and has taken the squad a different way," he added. "He assessed the squad and felt that Gylfi wasn't part of their plans going forward. But I think he's got a good relationship with the Tottenham fans and I'm sure he will get a good reception there."

Sigurdsson will now go face-to-face with some of his former team mates - and would surely love nothing more than to score against Tottenham on Wednesday night.

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