Gylfi Sigurdsson has confirmed that he has chosen to join Tottenham this summer, with the finer details on an 8 million move being completed. The Icelandic midfielder has opted for a move to the north London club over a switch to Liverpool, which highlights the extent of the Reds’ fall from grace.
Liverpool’s demise in the second half of last season has been well-documented and cost club legend Kenny Dalglish his job. A proud side are now expected to fight back with ambitious plans in the transfer market and the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as new manager serves as a commitment to attacking football.
Sigurdsson has spoken of his gratitude to the Northern Irish coach for giving him a chance to flourish in the Premier League last term whilst on loan at Swansea, with a close bond between player and coach evident. When the Icelandic playmaker opted against a permanent move to the Liberty Stadium following Rodgers’ departure, a switch to Anfield seemed certain.
However, despite the link to former boss Rodgers, Sigurdsson has admitted to choosing Tottenham after a brief discussion with Andre Villas Boas. Spurs, just the same as Liverpool, are not in the Champions League next term and the draw of the Europa League will certainly not have impacted on Sigurdsson’s decision.
It is believed that there were higher wages on offer in north London than on Merseyside, but surely if Sigurdsson was a player that Rodgers really wanted, the wealthy Fenway Sports Group would have matched Tottenham’s salary offer. The truth seemingly behind the matter is that the playmaker has weighed up his chances of making the top four or winning trophies and decided Spurs are the better option.
This certainly will be a kick in the teeth for Rodgers and the Kop, as the side has now on the face of it slipped out of contention for the purchase of second-tier players. If Sigurdsson had joined one of England’s Champions League representatives for 2012-13 it could be understood, but this is not the case.
The Northern Irish coach has quite the job to restore Liverpool to a team in contention for the top four nevermind their former glory, as the club seem to be in a vicious downward spiral that is negatively impacting upon their transfer strategy and options.