When Swansea City secured the loan signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim last January the reaction wasn’t one of total excitement that he may seriously influence their last few weeks of season. Up until then Sigurosson hadn’t fulfilled his expected potential having had an unsuccessful spell at Reading before being loaned out to Crewe Alexandra and also Shrewsbury Town, surprisingly. Brendan Rogers however took a chance on the attacking midfielder and reaped mighty benefits.
Sigurdsson finished the season with 7 goals in his 18 appearances together with some crucial assists, statistics to match the likes of Gerrard, Lampard and co. He looked a star, he had people wondering why Hoffenheim were so happy to let him go and he had people thinking which one of the leagues big clubs would make a move for him. None of them have as of yet, perhaps that is about to change.
Swansea had appeared to have won the race having had a £6.8 million pounds offer accepted but with Rodgers departure almost immediately after the deal was secure the transfer has been doubted and confirmation has not been forthcoming. Instead, a move to Rodgers’ new club Liverpool has been heavily speculated. With the fee wanted by Hoffenheim known through their acceptance of Swansea’s bid it appears only personal terms could prove to hold the deal back.
But is he really good enough for Liverpool? Is it possible for a man to go from loan spells at Crewe and Shrewsbury not that long ago to be playing with Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva, it’s a mighty step up. Rodgers may not be completely convinced that Sigurdsson is worth the £7 million being quoted. They may be better off spending it elsewhere, a proven goalscorer anyone?
It can’t be denied though that Sigurosson did look like he possessed pure class during his spell at Swansea. He seemed to create and score at will, from distance and from close range. The Icelandic man can pick a pass and arguably is a better option to the less mobile clumsy Charlie Adam who desperately struggled last season.
As a fan of English football I hope we see Gylfi Sigurdsson lining up on our shores next year. He is exciting to watch and adds quality to any side that has him. Liverpool may just be the perfect fit with a manager who knows him well, backs him and would give him a good go in a side that is set to be revamped this summer.
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