Gylfi Sigurdsson named Icelandic athlete of 2013; says he doesn’t like playing on the wing at Spurs

Gylfi Sigurdsson was voted athlete of 2013 in Iceland last night.

The picture above shows Sigurdsson with the award although he was unable to attend the lavish ceremony as he is part of the Tottenham squad for the match against Stoke on Sunday afternoon.

Sigurdsson mainly won this award for some excellent displays for the Iceland national team in their ultimately failed campaign to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

The 24-year-old has also been one of Tottenham’s better players over the past calendar year despite failing to nail down a regular starting spot at White Hart Lane.

The former Reading and Hoffenheim midfielder has started every game under manager Tim Sherwood but admitted he may not be in the starting XI v Stoke: “There’s a meeting in the morning. It’s possible the boss will make some changes considering the heavy Christmas period.”

He also said how he prefers to play in the centre of midfield rather than wide left – Sigurdsson started in the middle against West Ham before switching to the left side against Southampton and West Brom.

Sigurdsson: “I was in the middle against West Ham and when that happens I’m a lot more involved with the ball, it’s totally different when I’m on the wing, I’m passing the ball and trying to get into the box instead of trying to run at 100 kilometers past opposition players, my talents don’t lie there. (on the wing)”

The Icelandic midfielder added: “Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend got injured and I was put on the wing and that has yielded okay results. I’m just not a winger, I’m never going to be the guy running past ten players and crossing the ball into the box.”