When Rafael van der Vaart left for Hamburg just over a year ago, Tottenham faced the potential loss of around 15 goals a season but as Gareth Bale started to rain in the balance from outside of the penalty box, VDV’s goal scoring contributions were hardly missed.
Now, with Bale gone, someone has to take some responsibility when it comes to supporting the lone striker and as Gylfi Sigurdsson proved on Saturday, the Icelander can be the man to do just that. While not exactly occupying the same slot as Rafa, Gylfi returned a similar goals to games ratio during his spells with Reading, Swansea and Hoffenheim and is starting to prove that he can offer the same efforts for a top four club.
Just last week, the 24 year old spoke of the competition at White Hart Lane and despite those seven new arrivals, Sig confirmed that he was happy to stay and fight for his place.
“Many good players have arrived and things are looking good. We have a strong group of lads so hopefully we can go far in every competition,” he said.
“I know that most of the teams in the top five of the Premier League buy a lot of players, and I knew there would be plenty of competition.”
Last week the stories began to emerge that the player would be leaving the Lane in January. Predictable considering that flood of new arrivals but in scoring the goals from midfield that Bale and VDV provided in the past, Gylfi Sigurdsson may just prove to be un-droppable.