Give Gylfi a Go?

Gylfi Sigurdsson. The first signing of the Andre Villas-Boas reign, the man we stole from under Liverpool’s noses and the man in need of a break at White Hart Lane.

The Icelandic midfielder had a very impressive start to his Tottenham career. During his debut vs. Stevenage in 2012, Gylfi scored an impressive goal as well as providing key passes to link together a very new Lilywhites side. His form continued just six days later when Spurs ventured across the pond to face former captain and striker Robbie Keane’s new club LA Galaxy. Gylfi assisted a Gareth Bale goal with a beauty of a ball to the Welshman. The relationship continued just days later versus the New York Red Bulls when the pair linked again for a Bale goal in addition to the player of the year providing for Sigurdsson in the same game.

But this rich vein of form did not last very long for the Icelander. His season was full of ups and downs with the final part of the campaign his most successful after various goals in the Europa League and Premier League. Sigurdsson masters the long-range strike and is particular potent with passing prowess. He can provide moments of skill however his stunning lack of pace can result in the loss of the ball in the wide areas which displays the lack of game time he receives in the winger role.

But is there somewhere he can fit in? Would AVB’s new found 4-3-3 system benefit the former Hoffenheim hero?

I believe that just maybe it could. If this formation (4-3-3) displayed versus Swindon in Pre-Season used by the Portuguese coach, I expect the team to include a midfield of Sandro, Paulinho and Dembélé, with a forward three of Bale (or his replacement), Roberto Soldado and Lennon or Chadli. With Tottenham’s luck in the injury department, I can see the upcoming season catering to quite the few problems – as is expected for our unfortunate boys. I can easily see Lennon spending time out and possibly Mousa Dembélé, whom has a recurring hip issue. If this is to take form, we could see Sigurdsson slipping into the wide role left by Lennon or see a change of formation (if the unfortunate Mousa is to miss out) seeing Gylfi slip into an attacking midfielder role which would suit his relationship with Bale allowing him to create for the Welsh wizard dependent on if be stays at Spurs.

However. With Bale reportedly on the verge of a move away from White Hart Lane, Siggy could potentially be a replacement. With regular runs in the team and possibly further encouragement from AVB, Gylfi could have 10 goals in him and with his ability to cut in he could help to balance the 4-3-3 formation planned by the Spurs boss. With links such as Erik Lamela of Roma and Pastore of Paris Saint-Germain suggested by media, Tottenham may have to spend an expensive £15-£20million however with a good Pre-season (which includes a goal vs. South China) and the backing of the fans and Andre, Sigurdsson could feature in the THFC team and I personally would love to see him play. None the less, Sigurdsson could remain in the squad for rotation purposes. With a strong ‘second team’ if you were, Siggy could feature regularly in Capital One Cup, FA Cup and Europa League games. Not only could this show Villas-Boas what he can do, a strong team in early stages of the cup could help to progress us in stages where the likes of Dembélé could return.

So. Agree with out statement? Should AVB give Gylfi a go? Leave us a comment below telling us your view! Do you think we need another winger if Bale leaves? If so, who? Or is Siggy the man for us?!


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7 thoughts on “Give Gylfi a Go?

  1. Andy says:

    I think Sigurdsson should definitely be kept as, especially with Dempsey and Adebayor both likely to be leaving in the near future, he is a good attacking player who is only going to improve. Whilst I don’t think he’s gonna get in the team ahead of Lennon or Bale/replacement, he is a great squad player who is versatile enough to play down the wing. However, Spurs have lacked a playmaker in the mould of Modric since he left and if we were to sign someone such as Eriksen (optimistic but would be a great signing), we would be left with a huge number of attacking midfielders/wingers – Holtby, Chadli, Lennon, Dembele, Townsend, not include any incoming players and Bale or his replacement. If we could get another player in, I can see either Townsend or Siggy leaving – not this summer, but perhaps in January or next summer, as they are both players who could get regular first team football elsewhere in the premier league.

  2. @SpursShout says:

    I agree with what you’ve said… to an extent. It is no doubt that Gylfi is a great player. I think he is the right guy to fill a gap when we have one. I don’t see him as a regular starter in the Prem, but I do see him playing a very big role in the cups & in Europe. He is not good enough to fill Bale’s boots IF he goes but then again, who is?

    Bale, Lennon, Dembele & ‘possibly’ Chadli will all be put before him this year. Of course there will be injuries & it will be up to Gylfi to prove to AVB why he should be starting in the Prem.

    Great article. Well written, got the information clearly & I look forward to your next post.

  3. belgian hotspur says:

    Gylfi definitely should be given a go, even carroll townsned & holtby. I think & hope bale stays cos 3+ players will need to replace him, & their wages will be too high. So keep bale, start him in one winger position, soldado up front, & azza townsend or chadli on the wing, andros is my pick . In midfield, two of paulinho sandro carroll dembele & holtby should start deeper depending upon opposition & competiotn or injurues or fatigue. 1 of siggy mousa carroll holtby at AM. In short lots of rotation . Should see siggy get appx 25 epl apps, maybe 15 starts & he should get 8 goals. Very good player imo, still v young, him holtby & carroll are bright futures even andros COYS

  4. annon says:

    I totally agree. I feel that he should of played every game last season before Dempsey. Dempsey scored some great goals for us but I found him frustrating at times. If bale does go we would need to sign another player to have some cover. But I totally agree we should give Chadli and Siggy the gig. Also where will Holtby be at this season ??

  5. Matt French says:

    I agree that Siggy is a very good player with great potential to contribute goals every season,but unfortunately for him the formation AVB seems to play puts him behind others in pecking order…in that way his fate reminds me a bit of Krancjar couple of seasons ago. He is fantastic to have in the squad, but how long will a player stay happy in a bit part role before he needs to move on?
    Another one who I saw glimpses of brilliance from last season was Holtby. He threatened to break his scoring duck on numerous occasions and was just a bit unlucky. I think we can expect big things from a player who was one highlight of Germany’s dire U21campaign this summer. His problem will be similar to Siggy’s though…they just need to both grab any opportunities they get and prove they deserve a starting role, which won’t be easy but that hopefully works in Spurs’ favour!

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