Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson backed to keep improving

Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea City midfielder

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Swansea City boss Garry Monk is thrilled with the start Gylfi Sigurdsson has made to the new season but has backed the Iceland international to get even better.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder scored the Swans’ winner in their opening-day triumph at Manchester United and has played a key part in the subsequent Premier League victories against Burnley and West Brom.

Sigurdsson moved to the Liberty Stadium in the summer from Tottenham, scoring eight goals in 58 Premier League appearances during his two seasons at White Hart Lane, with Ben Davies moving in the opposite direction.

His career failed to ignite in north London though and Monk is convinced Sigurdsson can flourish with the Swans, where he enjoyed a successful spell on loan from Hoffenheim during the 2011/12 campaign, finding the net seven times in 18 league appearances.

Monk said of Sigurdsson, who made his name at Reading where he scored 18 goals in 42 league games: “He is a class act on the pitch – and he is a class person to go with it. That is what we have concentrated on – adding quality and that personality into the group that will be good for the group. We want people who will put the team first, and Gylfi is that type.

“He has contributed right from the start of the season. That is the quality he has and that is why I wanted him here right from the off. We brought him in because we knew him so well. Hopefully the form he has shown continues and he gets better through the season.”

Swansea and Chelsea, who have both won their first three Premier League games of the season, meet at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Jose Mourinho’s side are 1.28 to win the match while the visitors can be backed at 10.37 to come out on top.

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