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Winners and Losers Of Ben Davies, Michel Vorm and Gylfi

Sigurdsson Transfer Deals

Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City have finalized the transfer deals between each club with Ben
Davies and Michel Vorm heading to Spurs, while Gylfi Sigurdsson heads to Swansea.
But in this convenient series of transfer deals, who are the winners and losers? Surprisingly, there
are more winners than losers in this deal, which is one of the reasons why the deals between both
clubs make so much sense.
1. Tottenhams defense
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has signed a brilliant left back in Ben Davies. The Wales
international and Swansea star has proven that hes able to compete at the highest level.
Hes strong in defense, which is one of the reasons why Manchester United was tipped to be
interested in signing him last season. Plus, when hes bombing down the left wing,
hes excellent at cutting inside into the box, which causes havoc to opposing defenders. On
top of that, he had two league goals to his name last season, so he can score as well as being a
By signing a left back, Tottenham fills a void in the back line so that Jan Vertonghen can focus on
playing in his best position, in central defense.
2. Tottenhams bank account
After the 100million+ expenditure last summer, Tottenham have to watch their wallet this
summer while trying to give some of their summer 2013 signings a new chance in the upcoming
Now that the deals for Vorm and Davies are finalized, as well as selling Sigurdsson, Tottenham will
only end up paying approximately 3million for two players. The reported transfer fee to buy
Davies is 10million, but Swanseas transfer fee to buy Sigurdsson is also 10million,
so the fees cancel each other out. Then the reported transfer fee for Vorm is 3million, which is
a steal considering that hes a superb goalkeeper, has proven himself in the Premier League
and is a sound backup for Lloris in case the French goalkeeper gets injured.
At the same time, Tottenham is able to offload a footballer in Sigurdsson who is surplus to
requirements in an overcrowded midfield. Plus, Tottenham make a 1.2million profit on the
player after buying him for 8.8m and selling him for 10m. Its a win-win-win for
3. Swansea Citys attack
For Swansea Citys first time in three season in the Premier League, the club briefly danced
with the possibility of being relegated. The pendulum swung in the clubss favor after
desperate victories away at Newcastle United and home to Aston Villa, but there was no denying
that the Swans needed a boost in the goalscoring department, especially midfield. Swansea were far
too dependent on Wilfried Bony to rescue them time after time, while midfielders rarely found the
Gylfi Sigurdsson is the perfect solution for the Swans, especially after the departure of Michu on
loan to Napoli. During the 2012/13 season, Michu was a revelation for Swansea, but during 2013/14,
he cut a frustrated figure. His injury problems ruined his season, but even when he was fit, he
didnt fit with Bony, his final touch wasnt as sharp as it was the previous season and,
most importantly, he didnt appear to enjoy playing for the Swans anymore. He won the
hearts and minds of Swansea supporters, but it seemed that his mind was elsewhere.
Sigurdsson, meanwhile, will be a huge impetus to Swanseas ability to score goals. Michu
played mostly in the hole, while Sigurdsson tends to play on the left wing, and cuts inside. And
Sigurdsson is versatile enough to play on either flank or in the hole if needed, to link up with Bony.
When Sigurdsson joined Swansea on loan from Hoffenheim in January, the player flourished in a
Swansea shirt, scoring 7 goals in 18 league appearances, as well as adding four assists. Plus he was
a deadly finisher from free kicks. After agreeing a 6.8m transfer fee with Hoffenheim, all that
was left to do was for Sigurdsson to complete his medical and sign the paperwork. But the deal fell
through when Liverpool signed Brendan Rodgers. The Liverpool manager tried to bring the Icelandic
attacking midfielder to Anfield, but Tottenham secured the signing of Sigurdsson for 8.8million.
It was Swanseas loss, but Tottenhams gain. But now its time to welcome
Sigurdsson back to South Wales, where he belongs.
4. Neil Taylor
During the 2011/12 season, Taylor was one of the stars of Swanseas first season in the
Premier League. Unfortunately, his 2012/13 season was cut short on September 1 when he was
injured, and was ruled out for the entire season. In stepped Ben Davies. Ever since Davies has
played in that same left back position, Taylor has been unable to earn a permanent slot.
Taylor isnt as good as Davies, but hes a like-for-like replacement. If Taylor can regain
his 2011/12 form, keep his concentration in defense and focus on improving his attacking threat,
then hell be a sound replacement to put into Davies left back position.
5. Swanseas youth system
Ben Davies is another example of a product of Swansea Citys youth system. The local-born
footballer will generate 10million of money for the club, while the previous Swansea youth
player sold (Joe Allen to Liverpool) netted the club 15million.
Swanseas continued success in developing young players gives the club an opportunity to
invest the money to buy proven stars. Plus Swanseas rare position as one of only two
Premier League clubs with no debt means that the club isnt desperate to sell players.
The club will only sell when the price is right.
6. Lukasz Fabianski
With Vorm heading to Spurs, this clears the way for Fabianski to earn the number one goalkeeper
position at Swansea, with Gerhard Tremmel as backup. Swansea signed Fabianski early enough in
the transfer window where theyre not left shorthanded due to Vorms departure.
1. Michel Vorm
While theres no doubt that Michel Vorm will earn a greater salary at Tottenham Hotspur
than Swansea City, the goalkeeper will jeopardize his international career when he moves to White
Hart Lane. Reason being is that Hugo Lloris is Tottenhams number one goalkeeper, and the
amount of playing time that Vorm can expect at Spurs will be reduced to Europa League
appearances and possibly League Cup or FA Cup games.
At Swansea, Vorm started almost every single match when he was fit. The Swans have
signed ukasz Fabiaski, but if Vorm decided to stay at the Liberty Stadium, he would
get the nod to start in goal and would continue to get significantly more playing time than he would
at Tottenham.
Vorm is the number two goalkeeper on the Netherlands national team. Moving to Tottenham will
help earn him better wages, but the lack of playing time will reduce Vorm to an asterisk in
Tottenhams season.
2. Danny Rose
The decision to sign Ben Davies wont give Danny Rose much confidence. The on-again, off-
again left back isnt the finished package yet. But having Davies start in the left back position
will hopefully give Rose the impetus he needs to improve his consistency for the Lilywhites.