Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson accepted a permanent transfer from Hoffenheim to EPL side Swansea City on Monday. The 22 year-old international from Iceland spent the second half of last season on loan with the Swans.
And what a half season it was. Sigurdsson scored seven goals, with four assists, in only 18 Swansea appearances in his return to English football. The 22 year-old began his senior career with Reading in 2008, and played on loan with Shrewsbury Town and Crewe Alexandra before signing with Hoffenheim on August 31, 2010.
Sigurdsson stated his desire to remain with Swansea on a permanent basis weeks ago, and the club also stated their preference in keeping the midfielder. The deal was worked out with Hoffenheim for a transfer fee reported at £ 6.8 million, a bit more than the fee Hoffenheim paid Reading for Sigurdsson’s rights.
Sigurdsson scored nine goals in 36 matches while at Hoffenheim, and received the fans’ endorsement as the Hoffenheim player of the year following the 2010/2011 season. With Hoffenheim in transition, however, both in the coaching position (Ralf Rangnick to Marco Pezzaiuoli to Holger Stanislawski to Markus Babbel since January, 2011) and in player personnel, Sigurdsson featured only seven times in the 2011/2012 Hinrunde, and was also slowed by injury during the season’s first half. Loaned to Swansea City on January 1, Sigurdsson made his Swans debut two weeks later an auspicious one, assisting on the winning goal in Swansea City’s massive 3-2 victory over Arsenal. The Swans finished the season 11th in the EPL table. Following promotion in the previous campaign, Swansea City were the first Welsh club to compete in the EPL since its 1992 formation.
Sigurdsson has made over 30 appearances with Icelandic youth national teams before making his senior team debut in 2010. The attacker has scored once in seven senior Iceland National Team appearances.