Garth Crooks: Gylfi Sigurdsson has been 'immense' since leaving Spurs

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BBC pundit Garth Crooks was full of praise for Swansea City playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson.

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has named Swansea City playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson in his team of the week, labelling the Icelandic international as 'immense'.

Sigurdsson, 25, scored Swansea's second goal in their 3-2 win over Newcastle on Saturday afternoon, whilst also notching an assist in the victory too.

That performance took his tally to six goals and ten assists in the Premier League this season, with the midfielder clearly enjoying his return to South Wales.

Sigurdsson made his name with Reading and Hoffenheim but joined Swansea on loan in January 2012, scoring seven goals in 18 games before signing for Tottenham on a permanent basis just six months later.

Yet as a bit-part player at White Hart Lane, Sigurdsson was never able to hit those heights in North London, and was eventually back with Swansea in a part-exchange deal for Michel Vorm and Ben Davies.

Now a permanent Swans player, Sigurdsson is thriving once again, becoming the focal point of Garry Monk's side in a superb season.

BBC pundit Crooks therefore put Sigurdsson in his team of the week after his display against Newcastle, and noted that with regular first-team football, the playmaker is thriving away from Tottenham.

"You cannot have a serious conversation about Swansea City or Gylfi Sigurdsson without mentioning manager Garry Monk. There is no doubt that both men have been pivotal in Swansea's impressive season," said Crooks.

"Sigurdsson's goal against a Newcastle side in freefall was taken with his usual cool demeanour. His general contribution and all-round play have been immense - and it was Monk who brought him back to the club. It rather begs the question why Tottenham ever let him go in the first place," he added.

It's worth noting that Sigurdsson plays best as a No. 10, and that's exactly where Christian Eriksen - one of Tottenham's best players - features under Mauricio Pochettino.

If it was a case of Eriksen or Sigurdsson, then they made the right decision to stick with the Dane and sell the Icelander  - despite his success at the Liberty Stadium this season.

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