Belfast Telegraph

Sigurdsson makes Rodgers smile

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers revealed his delight at being reunited with midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who inspired his side's 2-1 win at West Brom.

The Icelandic international impressed Rodgers when working under him at Reading and has now linked up with the Swans on loan from Hoffenheim. Sigurdsson cancelled out Marc-Antoine's opener with his first goal for the club and then laid on the winner for Danny Graham.

Rodgers said: "I put him in the team when I was manager at Reading so I know everything about him. felt we needed an offensive midfielder for the second half of the season and he fits the bill perfectly for that."

He added: "He did not need persuading to come here. He knows how I work and when I went into Reading he was a wonderful young talent.

"If I see that talent, I will put them in the team - and he went on that season and scored 20 odd goals.

"He is one I've always kept in contact with and I just felt this would be a terrific club and he has fitted in perfectly."

Rodgers added: "It has been difficult for him at Hoffenheim because he's had three different managers there. He is a very clever guy, loves British football and knows how I work."

Rodgers is delighted Swansea have started to pick up points away from home as they followed up last month's win at Aston Villa.

He said: "We could have scored four or five. We are a little club fighting to earn respect at this level through our game.

"It is not our mentality and philosophy to sit back. There is an inherent belief in our game. We know we needed to improve our away record and we've had a couple of good results."


From Belfast Telegraph