Breaking Down Tottenham Signing Gylfi Sigurdsson
Brendan Rodgers ingeniously acquired Sigurðsson on loan to Swansea City, after the Icelander lost his starting position to Roberto Firmino at Hoffenheim.
Sigurðsson was imperious for the Swans, which attracted Liverpool's attention. That being said, Anfield great Steve Nicol believes Liverpool gave up on Sigurðsson, due to his wage demands.
This article will break down Spur's decision to sign Sigurðsson.
Gylfi Sigurðsson as a Player
Tottenham Hotspur have signed a quality player in Gylfi Sigurðsson.
He's one of those rare attacking players who can shoot from distance, poach goals and score from set pieces, all whilst being selfless enough to create for his teammates.
In 18 Premier League games, 50 of his passes were turned into shots, yet he only accumulated three assists. So if Swansea City were more efficient in front of goals, he could have registered 10 assists.
He always seems to be in the right position at the right time.
Understanding André Villas-Boas' 4-3-3
André Villas-Boas' bread and butter is the 4-3-3, a formation he incorporated in 89 percent of Porto's games. It's also a formation that does not use an attacking midfielder, which is bad news for Gylfi Sigurðsson and Rafael van der Vaart.
At Porto, João Moutinho was Villas-Boas' general on the field. Fernando was imperative to Villas-Boas' 4-3-3. Fernando Belluschi did a reasonable job in midfield. Even though Fredy Guarín didn't start many league games, he could attack and defend.
By starting three central midfielders, it allowed Falcao, Hulk and Varela to prosper in attack.
Scott Parker, Luka Modrić and Sandro fit into Villas-Boas' footballing philosophy. But Sigurðsson and Van der Vaart don't.
Can Gylfi Sigurðsson Play as a Centre Midfielder?
Even though Gylfi Sigurðsson only attempted 1.6 long balls per game, he completed 82.9 percent of long passes, which shows expansive vision.
That being said, here are several reasons why he shouldn't play in centre midfield: he isn't a ball-winner like Scott Parker; doesn't have the physical presence of Sandro and he doesn't orchestrate play like Luka Modrić.
Sigurðsson is at his best as an attacking midfielder, but will André Villas-Boas change his formation for the Icelandic international?
Gylfi Sigurðsson Not a Priority Signing
Gylfi Sigurðsson is a good player, but he wasn't signed out of necessity. André Villas-Boas needs to sign a forward, a replacement for Luka Modrić, a centre-back and a goalkeeper.
Stéphane Ruffier would be an excellent replacement for the aging Brad Friedel.
Villas-Boas should give Steven Caulker a chance, but Jan Vertonghen would be a safer option.
Assuming Modrić leaves, João Moutinho will be Villas-Boas' preferred replacement.
A reliable goal scorer is the No. 1 priority for Villas-Boas—so sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.