With two perfect strikes Gylfi Sigurdsson practically put number 42 shirts on back order at the Swans club shop until next year... but will Sigurdsson still be wearing a Swans shirt come next season? And is Nathan Dyer's three game suspension too much?
The game against Wigan was exactly the tonic the Swans needed after the (old) schooling at Stoke. Sigurdsson again led the way, and scored both Swansea goals with two entries to the 'goal of the month' tournament. The ugly duckling to Siggurdsson's beautiful Swan was the dismissal of Nathan Dyer for a completely unintentional yet textbook red-carder.
It is exactly the sort of situation which prompts me to consider whether the league would do better to consider personal history with regards suspensions and so on. Before the red, Dyer had just a single yellow to his name all season; and you don't even have to be familiar with the player to figure out that at five and a half foot, he's probably not looking to mix it up. Not that short players can't be tough, but Dyer is hardly a tough guy. In this instance, surely a one game suspension would be more appropriate? Other sports have a sliding scale for offences, after all, not that it always works out that well.
Back to Sigurdsson - it seems increasingly likely that the Swans will at least have some sort of chance at signing the player permanently. Officially on loan from Hoffenheim until the end of the season, things have changed a bit since Sigurdsson came over on a conditioning stint.
For starts, the Hoffenheim manager who agreed the loan deal, Holger Stanislawski, has been fired and former Liverpool defender Markus Babbel brought in to replace him. Stanislawski had been critical of Sigurdsson, accusing the player of not wanting to play for the German club, and suggesting Gylfi wouldn't be welcome back at the team.
Of course, Babbel might feel differently, and Sigurdsson's performances for the Swans could easily convince Babbel to at least attempt to bring the player back into the fold. Or perhaps Babbel will concentrate more on the core of players already at his disposal and decide to cash in on Swansea's obvious interest in Sigurdsson instead.
Gylfi has another 2 years on his Hoffenheim contract, and although Hoffenheim paid £6.5 million for him, his latest valuation is apparently nearer the £5.3 million mark (and rising, based on his present form). The player wants to stay, Swans fans have to love him already, so the two burning questions are... what will he cost? And can the Swans win a bidding war if previous interest from the likes of Aston Villa and Inter Milan resurfaces?