Discussing nearly-man Gylfi Sigurdsson’s Tottenham career 2

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Tottenham, as everyone knows by now, have accepted an £8m bid for Gylfi Sigurdsson from Crystal Palace.  The Icelandic international has never really been a first-choice during his two years at White Hart Lane, and so the club’s willingness to allow him to leave comes as little surprise.

Despite his patchy impact, Sigurdsson - if he does in fact leave - will probably be remembered fondly by the Tottenham supporters.  He has never been a difference-maker, but he will leave North London having created a decent highlight reel: the stunning goal against Hull, his through-ball in the derby, his equaliser at Stamford Bridge, and a purely-hit stoppage-time winner against Southampton.

Sigurdsson is a nearly-man of a player - at least he is within top-six terms.

His ball striking is beautifully crisp, he has a sharp creative mind, and he is as honest and hard-working a player as a supporter could hope to see at their club, but he has some minor-yet-significant imperfections that limit him when playing against top-tier opposition.

Sigurdsson is a very good example of how thin the margins really are at the top of the sport, because his shortcomings are so minor yet so restrictive.  Give him, for example, an extra step or two of pace and improve his first-touch by a couple of degrees, and he would be an elite player instead of merely a good one.

It’s the difference between being in the Champions League and having the same valuation at Jake Livermore.  Tiny details, big difference.

He’s a very solid Premier League footballer; unfortunately, his abilities didn’t quite synch with Tottenham’s ambition.  Nobody will have a bad word to say about him, but nobody will protest too much over his sale.

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