There is never a 100% backing for the Premier League’s Player of the Season. Never. Last season, Riyad Mahrez picked up the award, but there were those that called on Jamie Vardy or N’Golo Kante to take the prize instead. This season, Kante again is amongst the favourites along with Eden Hazard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, however, there is a glaring omission in the nominations this time.
Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson has been outstanding for the Welsh side this term as he has, at times, singlehandedly dragged them through games.
While the Swans do find themselves in the relegation zone with 28 points, two from safety, their Icelandic international has been, and continues to be their most important asset. The jury is of course still out on Swansea’s survival this season, with the pressure well and truly on with only six games left, but what is not in doubt is the fact Sigurdsson is continuing to showcase his ability.
In fact, the Iceman has led the way for assists across Europe’s top five leagues (as of March 28th):
To go with his incredible assists haul is the fact Sigurdsson has notched eight goals too, meaning he has had a direct hand in 19 of Swansea’s 37 goals this season, which amounts to over 51% of their overall goals tally.
Hazard, who is among the favourites for the Premier League award has hit 14 goals and picked up five assists, meaning he has had a hand in just under 30% of Chelsea’s goals. Perhaps it is an imperfect way of comparing the two, with Hazard part of an exceptionally talented team where anyone can score, while Sigurdsson is the creative focal point of Swansea’s team, meaning most of their moves start or end with the Iceman.
Statistically, Sigurdsson has been outstanding for the Swans and Tottenham:
It seems then, with a hand in 19 goals this term, the same as Hazard, that Sigurdsson at the very least deserved a nomination for the Player of the Season award. Perhaps his omission is down to the fact that he does not play for one of the top teams, with all six of the nominations coming from the league’s top seven teams.
It is a damning indictment of the process, with the likes of Jermain Defoe and Sigurdsson the big name omissions this year.
While Defoe has slowed down scoring wise with Sunderland all but doomed, Sigurdsson has allowed no such complacency. The fact the Icelandic midfielder has not received the nod is a disgrace.
When the man can volley like this while falling over, you know he is either stupidly lucky or incredibly talented, with Sigurdsson falling under the latter:
Gylfi Sigurdsson puts the Swans back in front… Superb finish. pic.twitter.com/TZjiD61bka
— Swansea City (@swanseaVines) 1 February 2017
Perhaps his greatest legacy will remain the total mind-f**k his name caused for Kevin Phillips, priceless stuff:
When Kevin Phillips tried to pronounce Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Who is Silif Gigurdsson?! pic.twitter.com/KhQ9Jiu0C2
— Oddschecker (@Oddschecker) 6 February 2017