ICELANDIC midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is aiming to nail down a place in Swansea City’s midfield after sparkling in his first start for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The 22-year-old, on loan from German club Hoffenheim for the rest of the season, forced his way into Rodgers’ starting XI with an excellent second-half cameo against Arsenal and impressed in the 2-0 defeat to Sunderland on Saturday.
Sigurdsson was Swansea’s best player in the Stadium of Light defeat, creating several chances for Nathan Dyer and Danny Graham and going close to getting his first goal for the club with a long-range shot in the first half and a free-kick in the second.
“I started on the bench, now I’m in the first 11 and I want to start every week,” said Sigurdsson, who cost Hoffenheim £7m in 2010.
“I’d like to get some goals for the team to help them push up the table. When I get to know the boys a bit better and get back to full fitness I can help the team even more.
“There are some very good players here who are not even in the squad, the competition is very good and I’m looking to improve that.”
Sigurdsson admitted he would be open to a permanent move to Swansea in the summer if things continue to go well at the Welsh club but they may face a battle for his signature.
He is rumoured to have attracted interest from Premier League and German clubs before choosing Swansea and Hoffenheim may want to recoup some of the large transfer fee they paid for the former Reading midfielder.
He said: “I’m enjoying myself at the moment, I’m very happy here, hopefully we can go on a little run now, climb up the table and in the summer we’ll see what happens.
“I’ve just been trying to settle in here, getting a house and things. I just want to play football and at Hoffenheim I wasn’t getting a chance.
“I came here and the gaffer has given me some playing time over the last few weeks so I’m happy.”
Swansea boss Rodgers has an embarrassment of riches in central midfield with seven players fighting for three spots.
Sigurdsson, Joe Allen and Leon Britton were given the nod against Sunderland but on-loan Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran impressed in his time on the pitch.
Dutch midfielder Kemy Agustien is waiting in the wings and Rodgers has the likes of Mark Gower and Andrea Orlandi to call upon if needed.
“It’s easy to fit in and gel when you join a team with good players – they help you fit in better,” said Sigurdsson.
“When you’ve got people like Joe Allen and Brits behind you, they can find you with passes, and with players like Nathan Dyer and Sinclair out wide making runs, it’s easy to see passes.
“Last week we scored three goals against Arsenal who are a good side and that gave us a lot of confidence.
“It was hard against Sunderland, but I thought we played quite well, especially in the first half. We can still play better, a lack of concentration cost us for the first goal.
“We probably didn’t create as much as we wanted to in the second half but we move on to the next game.”
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