Pochettino: This Swansea player would be perfect for Tottenham
By Amir Mir
Mauricio Pochettino has described Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson as the “perfect” player for Tottenham.
The 27-year-old playmaker left Spurs during the summer of 2014 to re-join the Welsh club, having made 83 appearances for the Londoners, scoring 13 goals and providing nine assists.
Sigurdsson quit White Hart Lane immediately after Pochettino was appointed manager of the north London club, following his switch from Premier League rivals Southampton.
Spurs welcome Bob Bradley’s Swansea to the capital on Saturday afternoon, with Sigurdsson expected to take to the field in the No10 playmaker role against his former side.
Ahead of the game, Pochettino was full of praise for the opposition attacker as he explained what has changed about the Iceland international.
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“After he [Sigurdsson] moved to Swansea, we saw him develop,” Pochettino told his Thursday press conference, as quoted by the Mirror.
“I think he is a perfect player for us. But, in that moment, it was the club’s decision, his decision to move to Swansea and find another way.
“Every time we’ve met him, he’s shown his qualities, not just as a player, but as a man.
“All the people here talk about him very highly. It’s a shame, but that’s football. Sometimes you spread your weight. But you never know in football.”
Swansea produced a stunning fightback during their last game to beat fellow relegation strugglers Crystal Palace 5-4 at the Liberty Stadium.
Sigurdsson scored and provided an assist during that game as the Welsh club scored two stoppage time goals to secure a sensational victory.
Despite his side struggling in the relegation zone, Sigurdsson has still managed to score five goals and provide four assists in 14 Premier League and EFL Cup appearances this term.
Overall, the set-piece specialist has scored 32 goals and supplied 21 assists in 105 games for Swansea.
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