Player Profile: Gylfi Sigurdsson
Posted by Sean Walker | Published on February 28, 2016
Date of birth: Sep 9, 1989
Height: 1,86 m
Position: Midfield – Attacking Midfield
Current club: Swansea City
In the team since: Jul 23, 2014
Contract until: 30.06.2018
Gylfi Sigurdsson has played for some big teams including TSG Hoffenheim, Swansea and more notably Tottenham. A lot of people may not know that he actually has played for Shrewsbury Town and Crewe Alexandra on loan from Brendan Rogers’s Reading in the lower leagues of English football before going to TSG Hoffenheim in Germany after scoring 19 goals in 42 appearances for Reading. Reading reported that the fee exceeded their previous club record sale of £6.5 million for Kevin Doyle.
With Gylfi only starting 13 games in his first season. He finished the season with ten goals and two assists. During the first half of the 2011–12 season, he fell down the pecking order, making just seven league appearances and was linked with a move away from the German club.
It was on the first day of the January transfer window in 2012 where Swansea announced the loan. He made his debut for Swansea in an iconic 3-2 win against Arsenal. Gylfi had a brilliant loan spell which included scored seven goals and four assists.
The Icelandic born midfielder had originally agreed to sign permanently for the Swans for £6.8 million from Hoffenheim after his very successful loan spell, however following the departure of Brendan Rodgers the deal collapsed and he moved to Tottenham Hotspur.
His move didn’t follow the script, however. He was sporadically played and never got a chance to show his full ability. He was often played in the Europa League which Tottenham had no ambition of winning. Sigurdsson was never really trusted and even when he scored a brace against Norwich City and scored against Chelsea at home in a 1-1 draw, his situation never changed…
Swansea City decided to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson in a straight swap deal for Ben Davies. Gylfi Sigurdsson was welcomed back with open arms, they had no choice when he scored the winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season. Since his return, Sigurdsson has scored 15 goals in 61 appearances while never really losing form. He is one of Swansea’s most consistent players and can score a goal from nothing. He is a fans favourite and long may that continue.