Robbie Savage praises ‘outstanding’ Gylfi Sigurdsson

Match of the Day pundit Robbie Savage hailed Gylfi Sigurdsson’s performance as the Swansea midfielder grabbed two assists in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle.

On the ball: Sigurdsson has slotted seamlessly backed into the Swansea midfield after spending two indifferent years at Spurs (Picture from Hackney Gazette)
On the ball: Sigurdsson has slotted seamlessly back into the Swansea midfield after spending two indifferent years at Spurs (Picture from Hackney Gazette)

ROBBIE Savage hailed the performance of Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson in their 2-2 Premier League draw with Newcastle on Saturday.

The 25-year-old Icelandic international set up both Swans goals for Wilfried Bony and Wayne Routledge before Garry Monk’s side were twice pegged back by Papiss Cisse.

Speaking as a pundit on the BBC’s Match of the Day, Savage said: “I thought he [Sigurdsson] was absolutely outstanding.

“His movement and passing was fantastic. His strength, tenacity and weight of pass was outstanding all afternoon. He got himself in a position to do the next pass and had some clever touches.”

Sigurdsson, who scored seven goals in 18 appearances on loan at the Liberty Stadium in 2011-12, re-joined the Swans during the summer from Tottenham in a deal that saw left-back Ben Davies move to White Hart Lane.

The former Reading player has already made a significant impact on his return to south Wales, laying on Ki Sung Yeung’s opening goal before scoring the winner on his second debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford in their first match of the season.

After playing a part in both goals against the Magpies, Sigurdsson is leading the way in the Premier League’s assists charts this season with six, alongside Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Although he netted eight goals in 58 appearances in all competitions during his two-year stay at Spurs, Sigurdsson did not claim an assist in 25 Premier League outings for the north London club last season.

Sigurdsson's stats were underwhelming at Spurs but more eye-catching for the Swans (Picture by Adam Higgins)
Sigurdsson’s stats were underwhelming at Spurs but more eye-catching for the Swans (Picture by Adam Higgins)

And former Wales midfielder Savage claimed that some clubs suit certain players, with Sigurdsson better suited to Swansea’s passing philosophy.

“I think Sigurdsson feels at home at Swansea,” he added. “Some players when at big clubs, well Spurs is a big club but there are bigger, don’t quite perform as well as they can and that might have been the case with Sigurdsson.”

Unsurprisingly, Sigurdsson’s important contribution and impressive display did not go unnoticed on social media…

https://twitter.com/FrannMurphyy/status/518533705632321536

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