Familiar feeling pays off for Gylfi
19th September 2014
Gylfi Sigurdsson has revealed his past loan spell at the Swans has played a key role in his fine start to the club's Barclays Premier League campaign.
Sigurdsson spent four months at the Liberty during the Swans' first season in the Premier League, with the Icelandic midfielder scoring seven goals in 18 appearances.
Having returned to the Swans from Tottenham Hotspur in a permanent move this summer, the 25-year-old has scored once while boasting four assists from four league games.
And Sigurdsson believes his former spell at the club has allowed him to immediately settle into Garry Monk's squad.
"When you go to another club it can take time to develop partnerships and understandings with the rest of the squad," said Sigurdsson, who has also played at Reading, Hoffenheim and Spurs.
"Having been here before has helped me settle in instantly. I've played with the likes of Nathan and Wayne before, so that has played a huge part in the way I've settled in. They know how I play and I know what runs they will make, so that's a massive help.
"I know the manager really well too, so everything was already in place for me to come here and show what I can do.
"And it's been a great start for the team and myself, we can be really pleased with having nine points from four games."
Defeat at Chelsea last weekend handed the Swans their first defeat of the campaign, but they will be looking to return to winning ways against Ronald Koeman's Southampton at the Liberty on Saturday.
And Sigurdsson is hoping to play a key role as the Swans aim to maintain their perfect home record.
"Southampton were very impressive last time out," added Sigurdsson. "They beat Newcastle 4-0 and really showed how dangerous they can be.
"They have really done well considering the players they lost in the summer and, of course, a change in manager.
"But we have had a similar situation here, and we have also done very well.
"They are only a point behind us, but hopefully we can open that gap to four points and continue our excellent form in front of our fans."