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Leon Britton hails Gylfi Sigurdsson ahead of reunion when Swansea City go to Spurs

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

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LEON Britton has hailed the impact Gylfi Sigurdsson made during his spell at Swansea City last season.

Britton will be reunited with his former team-mate when he lines up against the Icelandic international at Spurs on Sunday.

After a hugely successful four-month stay in Wales, during which he scored seven goals, Sigurdsson was on the verge of tying up a permanent switch to Swansea last summer.

But then Brendan Rodgers left the Liberty and a £6.8 million transfer from Hoffenheim collapsed.

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Sigurdsson eventually moved to Spurs after also turning down a move to Liverpool.

And he is expected to feature when Michael Laudrup's side visit North London this weekend.

"It will be good to see Gylfi, obviously he did fantastically for us last year and scored a lot of important goals," said Britton, who played alongside the 23-year-old in Swansea's engine room.

"He played a major part in keeping us up.

"He got a move to Tottenham, who are a very big club, and if he plays it will be good to come up against him.

"Maybe before Gylfi came here we were lacking someone who could chip in with some goals from midfield.

"The impact he had in four or five months was brilliant, he gave a different dimension to our team.

"We'd have loved him to have stayed, but he went to Tottenham and we wish him all the best."

Sigurdsson has not made quite the same impact for Andre Villas-Boas's men.

He is still waiting for his first Premier League goal, though he has netted in the Capital One Cup and Europa League.

The Reading youth product faces stiff competition for a midfield place and has found himself behind the likes of Mousa Dembele and Sandro in recent weeks.

"When you're at a big club like Tottenham it's hard, there's competition for places, you look around that squad, they've bought Dembele for a lot of money and they've got fantastic players all over," said Britton.

"The competition is very fierce there so it's difficult for him.

"He probably needs a run of games, he's a quality player and I'm sure that will come out."

Swansea head to the English capital for the second time in as many weeks looking for a repeat of their spectacular triumph at Arsenal.

That result sent confidence levels soaring, but Swansea were brought back down to earth with a 4-3 home defeat to Norwich last weekend. Swansea edged past Middlesbrough to reach the Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday, and Britton reckons that victory has helped restore belief.

"We were happy with our performance at Arsenal. We've won at Newcastle and Arsenal, two very difficult places to go," added the 30-year-old.

"White Hart Lane is another tough one, but if we can play well, we can come away with another good result.

"Losing the Norwich game keeps everyone grounded, it proves that this is a hard league and you can't get carried away.

"One week you beat Arsenal, then you concede four.

"Wednesday will give us confidence. After losing Saturday it's always nice to have a game straightaway and to bounce back with a clean sheet after conceding four last weekend.

"It will give us confidence going into the Spurs game, which will be very tough."

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