I find it a bit odd this notion that Sigurdsson prevented us working on all these other transfers of importance. I mean, on a day to day basis what was involved in getting Sigurdsson in? All the hard work would’ve been done (you’d hope) by the first approach, after that it was a slow back and forth on price and waiting for Swansea to get a replacement in. It’s not like everyone is sat around a negotiating table 12 hrs a day incrementally upping the bid.
The only possible reason would’ve been had we had no other funds after the pursuit to buy in anyone else of note. In which case, again that decision was made early in the summer to spend money that way. That would be a troubling situation if so though.
Anyhow, there is no reason signing a striker, left back etc couldn’t have happened alongside Sigurdsson.
So then it becomes a matter of did they think they genuinely had enough without getting these players in? That seems to be the case via statements from Koeman. That they didn’t want to spend money on 4th or 5th choice or whatever names on their list.