Sigurdsson is a very two-footed player, and he’s played on both wings, as a No. 10, and in a three-man midfield for both Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City.
The Swans were linked with former Tottenham Hotspur player Nacer Chadli and he could be someone who fills in the gap for Sigurdsson, but whoever they replace the Icelandic worldwide with, will have big boots to fill, for sure.
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Asked if he was surprised that Sigurdsson chose to pull out of the American tour, Clement replied: “I was”.
Sigurdsson resumed training with Swansea’s first-team squad after they returned from America. Of his thirteen assists last season, eight came from set-pieces, be that free-kicks or corners.
Tom Carroll has hinted throughout preseason that he’s almost as good as Sigurdsson from dead-ball situations.
He refused to travel to the U.S. for Swansea’s pre-season tour and missed their friendly with Birmingham after declaring he was not in the right frame of mind.
Viera would be an ideal fit, but Swansea are said to be unwilling to meet his €30m release clause.
“At our managers’ meeting at the Premier League last week, we spoke about it, ‘ Clement said over the weekend. That’s always been the same for me wherever I have played”, Barry said on West Brom’s official website.
The Serbian playmaker isn’t necessarily a winger these days, often popping up in central areas for the Saints, but he is more than capable of occupying a position up on the left flank and making a decisive impact. As it turns out, the attacking midfielder ran the most miles of any player in the Premier League last season, an incredible achievement considering the likes of N’Golo Kante finished below him.
‘It happened with Bony and Allen, the best players can get picked off’.
His ability to be deployed in more than one position is a massive plus.
With only two weeks until the close of the window, Swansea need to settle on targets fast. This is a massive blow for Swansea but for Everton it’s magnificent news.
Sigurdsson’s arrival could spell the end for Ross Barkley at Everton but observers have mixed opinions about what he brings to the Toffees.
A team that almost got relegated last season, and who has done very little to improve this summer, just sold their best player by several orders of magnitude.