Sigurdsson Needs To Be Versatile At Swansea City
Swansea City manager Garry Monk says new Summer signing Gylfi Sigurdsson will be required to play in different positions at the Liberty Stadium.
Sigurdsson says that he struggled at Spurs because he was often played out of position - out wide on the wing, when he much prefers playing in an attacking midfield role behind the striker. Monk has plenty of options in that position - Gomis and Emnes being Gylfi's main competition for that role - so he may find himself operating on the wing at times during the season.
However, Monk says Sigurdsson must be able to play in multiple positions to become a 'proper player' - which he knows the Icelandic can become.
Last season, Monk played loanee Jonathan de Guzman out wide on the right flank, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Sigurdsson out wide for some games to use his crossing ability for effective use with main striker Wilfried Bony.
Monk admits that Sigurdsson's best position is as a number 10, but says he must adapt at Swansea:
'No. 10 is probably Gylfi's strongest position, but a footballer nowadays should be able to play anywhere,'
'I said that to him on day one. Good players can play anywhere and Gylfi is a good player.
'It's about adapting to what's required in those different positions. Within games you end up in different positions anyway. It's a question of understanding what's required from you when that happens.
'Of course, Gylfi I am sure would say himself that he prefers the No. 10 role and we know that, but I would be stupid not to experiment with other ways of doing things.'
Monk has also told the midfielder to relax at Swansea, as he thought he always had to try and prove himself whenever he played for Spurs, as he could never earn himself a regular starting place.
'He is a quality player who has come back a better player than when he left,'
'He had a difficult time at Tottenham and probably didn't play as regularly as he would have wanted, but obviously there was a lot of competition for the places in the team he was vying for.
'I spoke to him about it. I felt that every time he did play at Spurs he felt that because his chances were limited, he had to prove something or score a goal.
'For me I have told him to come here and settle himself.
'It's about him being a proper player now for the duration of the time that he is here.
'It's about learning not just to be an attacking midfielder, but an all-round midfielder as well.
'If he does that, because of the quality he has he will get his chance to go to the top again, because for me he is a top-six player with ease.
'He could easily play in any of the big leagues in Europe but I think he just needs to establish himself a bit more as an all-rounder.
'We will work with him on that and that will benefit us massively, but obviously benefit him as well.'