Tottenham’s biggest recent transfer error: letting Gylfi Sigurdsson go

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The Iceland international returned to Swansea in the summer, with a case to suggest he wasn’t given a fair chance in London.

With Tottenham’s over-reliance on attacking pair Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane becoming evident in recent weeks, another creative attacking midfielder with an eye for goal would surely be a boost for Mauricio Pochettino and his squad.

The summer sale of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Swansea enabled Spurs to bring Michel Vorm and Ben Davies to the club, but it appears that the North Londoners may well have gotten the raw end of the deal.

The Icelandic midfielder has picked up where he left off at the Liberty Stadium, with four goals for Garry Monk’s men – more than Erik Lamela, Mousa Dembele and Andros Townsend combined.

The star also has provided eight assists in the Premier League this season for the Welsh club, which is second only to Cesc Fabregas and significantly more than any Spurs player.

With the versatility to play either on a flank or in his preferred number ten role, Sigurdsson would have been a useful asset for Spurs this season.

Dembele was given a second chance to prove himself at White Hart Lane and has on occasion been used in behind a main striker of late – but wouldn’t the more dynamic and direct Sigurdsson have been a better option for Spurs?

The Iceland international was only given 26 starts over the course of his two-year stint at Tottenham and scored some important goals for the club, despite being largely played out of position.

With Vorm and Davies certainly not setting the world on fire at White Hart Lane and Sigurdsson looking a class act at Swansea, this deal looks like one that Spurs got wrong - the Icelander will be out to prove as much when he faces his former club this week.

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