When Gylfi Sigurdsson was signed from Hoffenheim over the summer, it turned out to be a natural replacement for Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutchman, despite his rapport with the Tottenham Hotspur fans, had regularly hinted at a possible return to Hamburg and it was no surprise to some to see him return to Germany on the final day of the summer transfer window.
The Icelander may've started life at White Hart Lane slowly, regardless of an impressive strike against New York Red Bulls in pre-season, but an equaliser during the 3-2 win over West Ham United proved to be the catalyst for his Spurs career to really kick off. Pivotal again in the fluidity of the Spurs attack, Sigurdsson cut in from the left on numerous occasions against Everton, and his late equaliser gave his team a share of the spoils in an encounter that, arguably, the hosts deserved to win.
It's been an impressive upturn in form for the 23-year-old, who now has six goals in his last 10 games for club and country. There were some who believed his appearances would be limited following the arrival of Lewis Holtby, but the midfielder has kept his head down, worked hard and is now reaping the benefits of injuries to Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon.
While he offers a different threat to the wingers, it's his form of late that is ensuring Spurs remain in the hunt for a top-four finish. Up against Seamus Coleman in the stalemate, his defensive work hindered the threat of the Everton man, while ensuring the Irishman was regularly at the loss as to how to deal with his attacking forays. He deserved his goal, even if it wasn't the most aesthetically pleasing, and he will play a crucial role in the remaining games of the campaign if Spurs are to secure one of the two Champions League places on offer.