The second (and possibly the best) part of our “Field Marshals” trilogy has arrived. We’ll be profiling the EPL’s resident viking; Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson. We hope you enjoy it.
Swans on a Roller coaster:
Embroiled in one of the most topsy-turvy seasons we’ve seen in quite a while, Swansea City fans have known only two constants:
- Nothing is constant
- …except for Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Swansea City began the 2016/17 season with Francisco Guidolin at the helm of affairs. The former Udinese boss took over from Alan Curtis (who was the “Caretaker Manager” after the dismissal of Garry Monk), on the 18th of January, 2016, and led the relegation threatened team to a 15th placed finish. Guidolin was replaced by the American, Bob Bradley, just seven games into the 2016/17 season, when the club was taken over by an American consortium. Bradley himself was sacked after securing just 2 wins in 11 games, and was replaced by current manager, Paul Clement. Not only does this make Clement the team’s sixth manager in the past seven seasons (Rodgers, Laudrup, Monk, Guidolin, Bradley), but he’s also enjoyed the “honour” of being their third manager of the 2016/17 season (the highest mark in the EPL).
So, what does this all mean? Well, it means that things at Swansea have hardly remained the same for an extended period of time, with management (and playing personnel, inevitably) seemingly rotated on a whim, and that it’s definitely been a difficult job for the players (as well as their coaches) to adjust and produce in ever-changing systems and lineups… and that’s just one of several reasons why we have ourselves this “Gylfi Sigurdsson appreciation” article.
The Icelandic midfielder is now knee-deep into his second spell with The Swans. He initially joined them on loan from Hoffenheim in the latter half of the 2011/12 season (then, under Brendan Rodgers), made 18 Premier League appearances, that season, finishing with 7 goals and 3 assists, and was also voted as the EPL Player of The Month for the month of March (after just two months with the team). After a two-season spell with Tottenham Hotspur, he returned to the Welsh Team at the start of the 2014/15 season. Sigurdsson is now with his fourth manager in his last 3 seasons with The Swans (five, if you include the Caretaker), and yet, still proves to be a beacon of consistency, in a team which seems like it would rather distance itself from that word.
Let’s get into some analysis, shall we? (Continues on Page 2.)