Head-to-head: Were Spurs right to choose Eriksen over Sigurdsson?

Tottenham Hotspur allowed the former Reading star to move to Swansea City in July 2014.

Christian Eriksen v Gylfi Sigurdsson: Head to Head: : 20150306 

Tottenham surprisingly sold their Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson last summer, with the 25-year-old heading to Swansea as part of the deal that took Michel Vorm and Ben Davies to White Hart Lane.

Sigurdsson had done well for Spurs in his two years at the club, especially considering he played much of his football as a left winger.

Eriksen has also featured out wide for the North Londoners, though he was more of a natural choice than Sigurdsson given his pace and superior two-footed ability. Having come into a central spot behind Harry Kane for much of this season, Eriksen has seen his performances improve, but Sigurdsson, playing in an impressive Swansea side that is nevertheless lower than Spurs, has also shone.

Both players lined up against each other in Wednesday's game at White Hart Lane, and predictably they were two of the standout performers. But who has been better this season - and more importantly for Tottenham fans, does Sigurdsson's form indicate it was madness for Spurs to let him go?

Performances during Tottenham vs Swansea (04/03/15)

  TeamPassing AccuracyGoalsTotal Scoring AttGoal AssistTotal Att AssistTouchesFwd PassGround Duel WonMins Played
Christian Eriksen Tottenham 83.93% 0 3 1 5 81 18 4 90
Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea 81.48% 1 4 0 2 43 7 2 90

As stated above, Eriksen and Sigurdsson were key figures as Tottenham beat Swansea 3-2 in the Premier League on Wednesday night. The Swans star was more of a goalscoring threat, hitting the bar with a superb free kick and then scoring with a volley late on to ensure a tense finish. Eriksen impressed with his link up play, creating five chances that included Ryan Mason's goal, and winning out when it came to passing accuracy, touches and forward passes - emphatically so in all cases.

Premier League season (14/15)

  TeamPassing AccuracyGoalsTotal Scoring AttGoal AssistTotal Att AssistTouchesFwd PassGround Duel WonAppearancesMins Played
Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea 84.91% 5 46 8 57 1268 240 81 23 1930
Christian Eriksen Tottenham 82.86% 9 76 2 68 1919 418 109 27 2214

Looking at the statistics for the whole season, it is clear that the game at White Hart Lane was against type. Whereas Eriksen has been the bigger threat with nine strikes, Sigurdsson has really impressed in creating goals for his side - his eight assists only bettered by Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas. His former Spurs teammate has just two assists, one of which came against the Swans.

Though it looks like Eriksen has had a marginally better season that Sigurdsson given his impressive goals ratio, the latter has been involved in more goals than the Dane (13 to Eriksen's 11) and boasts a better passing accuracy despite having played fewer minutes. Spurs fans will likely be wondering whether the club did all they could to keep a player as talented as Sigurdsson at the club, with Swansea fans unsurprisingly delighted that he is on their books.

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