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?!