Would Tottenham Hotspur have been better off if they had kept another creative outlet this season?
When Tottenham Hotspur parted company with Gylfi Sigurdsson last summer, their fans were split as to whether it was a smart piece of business or a mistake that would come back to haunt them.
The Iceland international played 83 matches during his time at White Hart Lane, scoring 13 goals and providing nine assists.
With Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela all at Tottenham, it was no real surprise that the club sold Sigurdsson to Swansea City. But was it a mistake?
In hindsight, it certainly seems to have been, with Sigurdsson scoring eight goals and setting up an additional 10 since his return to the Liberty Stadium.
While he may not have been a first-choice starter had he remained in North London, his skill-set would have been invaluable during Eriksen’s dip in form, when the club needed a late goal or simply to ease the goal-scoring pressure on Harry Kane.
In short, there would have been a place for Sigurdsson and he may well have helped Spurs to a few more valuable points that could have pushed them over the line in the race for a Champions League place next season.
Of course that is mere speculation, but creators are sparse and valuable and when you consider Eriksen has managed only one goal and one assist in his last 12 league appearances, shaking things up a bit by giving Sigurdsson a prolonged run in the side would have been a great option for Tottenham to have.