Important role for Sigurdsson

Gylfi Sigurdsson is getting a bit vocal these day, he was interviewed before the Tromso game after his double against Norwich on Saturday and he spoke after the game as well.

"Three points already – that's a positive thing. I think the other team never really got going in the game, and that's maybe a good thing, because there's a lot of games coming up.

"We managed to get those two goals in the first half so that really killed their chances in the game, and it was easier in the second half. When [Defoe] plays and gets his chance he's always fantastic and he scores goals, and that's what he's been doing throughout his whole career."

Andre Villas-Boas clearly like Gylfi as a player but by all accounts he likes him as a person too. He seems to have that nice quality about him that someone like John Terry or Joey Barton can only dream of. It says a lot that he wanted to stay and fight for a place among quality players rather than take the easy option and leave.

Against Norwich from his wide position he cut inside to score two goals and have a third beaten away by the keeper. In that respect he gave a lesson to Andros Townsend who has yet to learn when to pass and when to shoot. As a wide man Gylfi didn't put in any crosses but Danny Rose overlapping put in six.

Against Tromso again he came inside and linked with play well, however once Rose went off it was noticeable that Jan Vertonghen didn't overlap very much, something to bear in mind when making team selections perhaps.

He seems to have spells where he performs and spells where he doesn't. I suppose we must give credit to the opposition for that but it what makes him a squad player rather than a name on the team sheet. It depends what you look for, flash eye catching performances or a team player who goes about his work in an unassuming and effective way.

With Aaron Lennon out with a foot injury and Nacer Chadli out with an abductor muscle strain Sigurdsson he has an important role to play at the moment. It's his opportunity to force others to wait for their chance.

Erik Lamela has only just arrived in a new country, a new city, a new culture and he doesn't speak a word of the language. Just image if that was you in a foreign country, how would you get on? We can expect Lamela to take a little bit of time adapting so Sigurdsson can enjoy some more game time, starting on Sunday against Cardiff City I would expect.



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