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Sigurdsson hails 'fantastic' Tottenham after debut goal in 2-0 win over Stevenage

The Iceland midfielder marked his first game in Spurs colours with a well taken goal and moved to praise the work of the squad ahead of their trip to the US next week

Gylfi Sigurdsson capped his debut for Tottenham with a goal just 10 minutes after his introduction, helping his new team to a 2-0 win over Stevenage on Wednesday night.

And the Icelandic midfielder reflected on his contribution to the performance post-game, choosing to single out a number of younger players who impressed in a much improved second-half.

“It was very nice to get a goal but I think the most important thing is getting used to playing football again,” Sigurdsson told Goal.com.

“It’s always nice to score, it probably would have been better to score in the Premier League than here tonight but it was nice to get my first goal of the season and it will give me good confidence for the next couple of weeks.
 
Sigurdsson makes Spurs debut
As long as I’m getting close to full fitness, and getting fitter and stronger every week – that’s the most important thing.”

Sigurdsson was Andre Villas-Boas's first signing since taking over from Harry Redknapp this summer and he spoke of his new manager's words of advice.

“He’s kept me calm, he’s just said to keep my head down and train hard and if I do that for the next three or four weeks then I will take myself and how I played last year into the season.

“Hopefully I can continue how I played for Swansea for Tottenham and do well for the team and score some goals and set up some goals. He spoke to me about a few things and it’s all good at the moment.”

Asked about his first impressions of Tottenham, Sigurdsson added: “Fantastic. It’s a really good squad and there’s even more players coming back now after the Euros so it will be a strong squad, and I think over the next couple of weeks when we’re training in America and then when we come back it will be even better.

“Tonight it was only about getting back to playing games. We’ve got a few boys coming back from injury so it was nice to see them out there, and I think we’re all quite pleased with tonight’s performance.”

Aside from his goal, Yago Falque added a second, while fellow youngsters Tom Carroll and Andros Townsend – who assisted Sigurdsson's goal - impressed in midfield.

On Townsend, Sigurdsson commented: “He was very lively, I think most of the young lads were fantastic. Tommy [Carroll], in midfield, he was fantastic and then Yago [Falque] came on and scored the second goal.

“We’ve got world-class players but we’ve obviously also got young players who are coming through so that’s very good for the club.”

And on the subject of world-class talent, Sigurdsson offered his view on the Luka Modric situation, adding: “He’s a world-class player but when you’re a top-class player then you’re going to be linked with other clubs, and he’s probably going to one of the biggest clubs in the world, if that's true.

“I wasn’t here when he was here but I know he’s a fantastic player and he’s done really well for the club.”

Should Modric leave Tottenham this summer, it will ensure Sigurdsson's role becomes more prominent in midfield and he reflected on his new position.

He said: “I think it will be quite similar. It’s right behind the striker and I enjoy playing that role really well. Hopefully I can play in that role and do well for the team.”

It’s nice to have pressure. It keeps you going and keeps you working hard but if you think too much about it then it could get into your head, and you play your best football when you’re enjoying yourself and if you’re relaxed - so that’s what I’ll try to do.”

And finally, Sigurdsson spoke about the lure of moving to White Hart Lane adding: “Tottenham have always played fantastic football.

“I remember many years ago when I was younger watching them and they’d concede three but they’d score four.

“They’ve always played good attacking football and that’s how we want to play football next season, and hopefully we can continue developing for the next three or four weeks and get a good start to the season.”

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