Why Gylfi Sigurdsson Should Transfer from Tottenham

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With Gareth Bale’s imminent departure from Tottenham for a reported £86 million, it seems that Andre Villas-Boas is stacking up on quality players. Most of the new additions are players of high caliber who deserve a good run in the first team. With massive upheaval of the squad, it was only a matter of time until players who underperformed from the previous season where put under scrutiny. Clint Dempsey, Steven Caulker, Tom Huddlestone, William Gallas and Scott Parker have all been deemed surplus to requirements and have moved on from the club, and many more are expected to part ways with the Lilywhites. Gylfi Sigurdsson is one of those players, and here are a few reasons why it would be best for the Icelandic midfielder to complete a move.

Increased Competition

Last season, Sigurdsson’s main competition came largely from the formerly mentioned U.S. international Clint Dempsey. With the winger moving to Seattle Sounders, it would seem that Sigurdsson would have less of a worry about losing his position. However with new arrival Nacer Chadli, reported arrival of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela, and an in-form Andros Townsend and Lewis Holtby, he may not be able to get as many games as he would have previously hoped for. Sigurdsson has certainly shown fans flashes of brilliance since his arrival, but those moments may not have come often enough to save him from being transferred.

First Team Football

Even if Sigurdsson stays at Tottenham Hotspur next season, with the amount of players in a similar position as him, the Icelander will not be getting too much first team action unless he drastically improves in form. One of the main reasons players transfer clubs is that they want more game time and less of the bench, and this case could be no different. He spent a lot of time last season playing second fiddle to Dempsey, and he may not want that role again.

Loss of Position

It is widely expected from AVB to change the 4-2-3-1 formation that he has been using recently into a 4-3-3. This change would altogether abolish Sigurdsson’s first choice position, playing right behind the striker. He may play well deeper or out wide, but he would probably prefer to play in his favoured position and a move to a different club may allow him to have that position.

Financial Motivations

Sigurdsson is unlikely to have a major upgrade in his wages if he decides to move to a club of lower stature, so this is mainly a reason for the club to let him go. Gareth Bale’s forthcoming move to Real Madrid is certainly an injection of some serious transfer fees; however replacing him has cost the club a large amount of money. Andre Villas-Boas looks like he’s playing Career Mode on Fifa on amateur with the talent he’s bringing in, and offloading a rotation player like Sigurdsson could be another good move for the club considering they bring in a reasonable amount of compensation.

New Challenge

Sometimes it’s just best for players to join new clubs. The Icelander performed brilliantly on loan at Swansea and ever since he joined Tottenham his career has stagnated somewhat. Maybe a permanent transfer is just what this player needs to recover his form and become the player everyone expected him to be when snubbing Liverpool for Spurs.

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15 COMMENTS

    • sad if he goes he will turn out to be the best of the bunch and then we shall be buying him back for big bucks at a later date – in the meantime he will play against our team and hurt us as he is a great finisher – I have watched him since he first appeared for Reading and he has a great future at spurs we must keep him

      • Derek I am very sorry to say this , but you hav enot seen thi splayer live in the fleash , I hav eseen him at practice sessions as well as in live game, I was there last night and since before the end of the season I have been asking myself why did Spurs buy this player, lightweight , cannot keep the ball, lacks any speed significant skills and as for goals he has had many cnahces yet has failed dismally , even defoe with less palying time has scored more goals than him,. But would loan him out.. perhaps give him an oppotunity up to Jan transfer and review, but my instinct would be to sell him, even james Miller is better than he is and would fit into our team and style of play..

      • Couldn't disagree more, he is not better than the players coming in. If he didn't start last year, there is no chance for him this year. It would be better for his career to move on.

      • Last week Soldado showed why he is a class above Dafoe when he collected the ball with a tight angle (Dafoe would have taken the shot 100 out of 100 times) and spotted Sidgursson with a perfect cross. Sigi with no defender on him shanked the shot wide.

  1. I wouldn't sell Gylfi, maybe loan him so that he can rediscover his best form, but I'm sure he can be a much better player than what he showed recently.

  2. he deserves atleeast one more season to prove to fans what he is capable of. Remember he snubed another big team,liverpool,for us. Though i understands that for his own developement he needs to be a starter,which i see impossible here,but still we need not focus on cashing on him,unless he demands to be allowed to go. Gylffi is a great player

  3. Unfortunately for him we now have so much quality and if Lamella and Eriksen arrive I can't see him getting any game time. His performance last night was ok but he gave the ball away too often and ran around without much purpose. Time to go for me!

  4. Honestly, he’s not going anywhere. If Gareth Bale is sold then we have exactly 8 home grown players for our squad. Selling Gylfi would mean we would have to buy another home grown player to fulfill squad requirements. I don’t see that happening.

  5. Whilst the opposition was poor last night, Gylfi made the second goal and was unlucky with a couple of shots. He played well at the end of last season and is a player that will be needed. New players will take time to settle and gel and if we are really to challenge on different fronts we need squad depth, surely that's what this summer has been about? What has been disappointing is like this and like on twitter is the number people so quick to get rid of him.

  6. Derek I am very sorry to say this , but you hav enot seen thi splayer live in the fleash , I hav eseen him at practice sessions as well as in live game, I was there last night and since before the end of the season I have been asking myself why did Spurs buy this player, lightweight , cannot keep the ball, lacks any speed significant skills and as for goals he has had many cnahces yet has failed dismally , even defoe with less palying time has scored more goals than him,. But would loan him out.. perhaps give him an oppotunity up to Jan transfer and review, but my instinct would be to sell him, even james Miller is better than he is and would fit into our team and style of play..In my opinion its not only him , but a few others Naughton, Kane, Carrol over hyped, not even Fryers and Holtby in my book ar egood enough I have been saying this since before th eend of the season,, I recongise that Holtby was 'injured' and it does take time to get fully fit.. Spurs require players who are strong, can keep and pass the ball week in week out not just one or two games we already have a well paid player like that in Adebayor shines for a game or two but not 40+ , how can we win and stay on top??

  7. Why would we get rid of Gylfi when we hav'nt seen the alternative in the new players as yet.Same goes for Holtby.
    There is a world of difference between buying the amount of players that have come to WHL this year and saying,at last we have a team capable of challenging for the EPL.Whilst there is absolutely no doubt that the new signings are super players,it remains to be seen if AVB can meld them into the team we have been waiting for since the sixties.Yes I'm old enough to remember the double winning side.All I'm trying to get across,is hang onto what you know until the Jan. window.By then,all will be revealed.
    68 now and a Spurs fan since I was eight.

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