Britton: Sigurdsson will shine

  • Last Updated: December 13 2012, 23:02 GMT

Leon Britton has backed his former Swansea team-mate Gylfi Sigurdsson's class to shine through at Tottenham.

Gylfi Sigurdsson: Struggled so far at Tottenham

The Swans head to White Hart Lane on Sunday, where they will target a quickfire north London double after beating Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates a fortnight ago.

Sigurdsson was a star performer for Swansea last season, but he has struggled to pin down a first-team place with Spurs, with most of his appearances this season being as a substitute, especially in Barclays Premier League games.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

23. Gylfi Sigurdsson

Title Number
Appearances 13 (1)
Goals 6
Assists 6
Yellows 2
Reds 0
*Current Season

Swansea midfielder Britton, though, has no doubt that Sigurdsson will make a mark, having shown his class through seven goals and four assists during an 18-game stint with the Swans last term after joining them on loan from Hoffenheim.

"It will be good to see Gylfi," Britton said.

"Obviously, he did brilliantly for us when he came on loan last year and scored a lot of important goals. He played a major part in keeping us up.

"He probably provided us with something that was missing before he came, and that was someone in midfield to chip in with some goals.

"Brendan (Rodgers) brought him in and the impact he had in the four or five months he was here was brilliant. He brought a different dimension to the team.

"When you are at a big club like Tottenham obviously there is competition for places. When you look around that squad, you've got Dembele, who they paid a lot of money for, and some other fantastic players.

"Competition is very fierce there, so it is very difficult for him. I think he needs a run of games, but he is a quality player and his class will come through in the end."

Swansea are just three points and three places behind Spurs in the Premier League, but they came down to earth with a bump last weekend, losing 4-3 at home to Norwich seven days after stunning Arsenal.

A 1-0 Capital One Cup quarter-final victory over Middlesbrough last night was more notable for the result, rather than performance, although Britton added: "It was good to bounce back.

"It will certainly give us confidence going into the Spurs game which, of course, is going to be very tough. However, we will go there and enjoy it.

"It's not a bad thing maybe to lose a game (Norwich), as it keeps everyone grounded.

"I am not saying the players got carried away. However, I think it proved to everyone at the football club that it is a hard league and you cant get carried away with the fact that you beat Arsenal.

"We won at Arsenal and Newcastle, but White Hart Lane is another tough one. But if we play well and to a high standard, you never know, we might come away with a good result."

League matters will occupy the thoughts of Britton and company for the next three weeks - Tottenham, Manchester United and Aston Villa are among the teams on their schedule - before resuming cup business.

Villa, Bradford, Chelsea or Leeds will await the Swans in a Capital One Cup semi-final over two legs, with a Wembley final the prize.

"I am 30 years old and I have never got this far in a competition before," Britton said.

"It would be brilliant to play at Wembley, it would mean a lot. But you cannot pick and choose who you want in the semis, and anyway, look at Arsenal who went to Bradford with a really strong team and lost."


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