BBC pundit: I never understood why Tottenham bought this player
By Harvey Byrne
BBC Wales pundit and former Everton defender Kevin Ratcliffe has told that he never understood why Tottenham bought Gylfi Sigurdsson when they had Christian Eriksen.
The 27-year-old Iceland international joined Spurs from Hoffenheim in an £8.8million deal in the summer of 2012 after impressing on loan at Swansea.
His time in north London went far from what was originally planned and after 83 appearances, 13 goals and nine assists he ended up rejoining the Swans in a swap deal with Ben Davies in the summer of 2014.
Sigurdsson has since reignited his career in Wales and is being linked with a move higher up the Premier League table with Everton regularly being mentioned.
Now, ex-player Ratcliffe believes that Sigurdsson is good enough to make the step up to the Toffees, while he couldn’t understand why Spurs signed him five years a go.
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“Evertonians will be paying particular attention to one man in the Swansea ranks on Saturday night,” told Ratcliffe to the Liverpool Echo.
“Gylfi Sigurdsson has been linked with the Blues many times over the past few seasons.
“He’s certainly good enough for Everton. There’s no doubt about that.
“He hasn’t just done it this year he has done it time and time again.
“I never understood why Tottenham bought him when they already had Christian Eriksen.
“He takes free-kicks, corners, has a great delivery and he will shoot from outside the box. Even better he has that ability of being able to anticipate where the ball is going to drop in the box and that’s a quality you can’t coach.
“Look at the goals he has scored in a poor side.
“If Everton do sign him there may have to be a rethink of Ross Barkley’s position and Ronald may have to rejig his midfield.
“But that shouldn’t stop him from trying to add a very talented player to his squad.”
This season alone Sigurdsson has returned nine goals and 12 assists in 35 Premier League outings for Swansea.
However, Spurs are also going strong without the Icelandic ace and they sit in second place and just four points off league leaders Chelsea with four matches to go.
Tottenham have certainly built a plethora of attacking midfield stars in their team in recent years, including the aforementioned Eriksen and Dele Alli and it may just be that Sigurdsson didn’t fit into the club’s plans moving forward while he was in north London.
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