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Why Gylfi Sigurdsson is worth Swansea’s £40m price tag

2 years ago
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A bit of controversy at the weekend as headlines reported that Swansea City are demanding £40m for Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Leading the chase for him are said to be Everton.

The Liverpool Echo saying that the Toffees had a bid turned down a year ago for the attacking midfielder and that Everton may have to go to £40m to get the player.

A lot of people jumping on this story as final proof of just how ridiculous the transfer market has now become.

The Liverpool Echo:

‘Everton may have to pay as much as £40m to land Gylfi Sigurdsson this summer.

Ronald Koeman’s targeting the Swansea City playmaker this summer after having an offer rejected last July.’

So is Gylfi Sigurdsson worth £40m?

Well, I would say yes AND no. I would say in general terms the Icelandic international isn’t worth that figure, even in today’s market, but for Swansea City I do think he is worth that.

Look at these past three seasons since the player returned to Wales after a failed two year spell at Tottenham, where he only got 26 Premier League starts over the course of the two seasons.

This is how Gylfi Sigurdsson has contributed in the Premier League at Swansea:

2016/17 – 9 goals 13 assists (37 starts 1 off bench)

2015/16 – 11 goals 3 assists (32 starts 4 off bench)

2014/15 – 7 goals 10 assists (32 starts 0 off bench)

So by my reckoning that is 27 goals and 26 assists, meaning he has scored or created 53 PL goals in 101 starts (plus five off the bench).

Those are pretty outstanding statistics and  when you consider the total of Premier League goals each of those seasons for Swansea 45 (2016/17), 42 (2015/16) and 46 (2014/15), it gets even more obvious why losing the attacking midfielder would be disastrous.

Swansea have scored 133 Premier League goals in three seasons and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored or assisted 53 of them.

The season just ended, Swansea looked doomed but Sigurdsson almost single-handedly saved them, involved in 22 (scored nine and assisted 13) of the Welsh club’s 45 league goals.

He is a midfielder who scores and creates goals from open play, scores and creates from set-pieces, and never stops running.

There is no way Swansea want to sell Sigurdsson at any price and the £40m is probably a figure just put out there to hopefully put clubs off, trying to ensure that the midfielder doesn’t get his head turned and starts wanting out.

It is the same with Everton really but they have had to accept they had to let Romelu Lukaku move on, he is by far their best player and goalscorer and no matter how close they get to the £9om Pogba world record, the problem comes with finding the right replacement AND convincing them to come to your club.

Swansea would have been relegated without Gylfi Sigurdsson this last season and if he goes this summer, it is very likely they would go down this time.

If Dwight Gayle scored 25 goals in the Premier League this coming season, exactly what figure would make it worthwhile for Newcastle to sell?

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])

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