If Gareth Bale’s hamstring injury had happened a year ago then it’s likely that Steven Pienaar would have been brought in as a direct replacement on the left wing for the next two weeks. However, at the moment, the options are less clear cut.
When Gareth took paternity leave ahead of the Chelsea game in October, AVB played a five man midfield that consisted of Dempsey, Huddlestone, Sandro, Lennon and Sigurdsson and that may be the likely approach once again – particularly when you consider the praise that Gylfi received after the Fulham game.
“That was excellent for Gylfi. It has been a hard time for him because at the beginning of the season he was involved a little bit more. But, like Lennon, he is another excellent professional,” said Andre Villas-Boas at the time.
“He is working hard to try to get back to a level we recognised last year with Swansea. Against Fulham, we saw him at this level.”
If AVB wanted to use another option then he could look at Iago Falque or Andros Townsend – two men who are more used to a wide role on the left side.
Overall, is it a foregone conclusion that Sigurdsson will step into the void or does AVB have better choices?