A player who has excelled in fits and starts this season, Jefferson Montero once again impressed at Newcastle on Saturday. His constant threat down the left was too much for Janmaat to handle, and the Ecuadorian twisted and turned time and time again, getting an assist (for Sigurdsson’s goal) for his efforts.
That’s actually Jeff’s sixth assist in just eleven starts this season (plus a further 16 sub appearances), and per ninety minutes there are only two players who grab assists more frequently in the Premier League. Angel Di Maria & Cesc Fabregas (both 0.6) slightly trump Montero’s 0.4, but given Montero is less established than the aforementioned pair – and has enjoyed less regular game-time – it really is impressive stuff from the man from Morelia.
Sadly Jeff felt his thigh in the 3-2 win at Newcastle, and it’s not the first time he’s had a problem there this season. He’s already spent multiple spells on the sideline, and if he has once again hurt his thigh it’ll mark a disappointing end to the season for Montero who has clearly got all the talent necessary to succeed.
The Swans are however hopeful that the injury isn’t too serious, and that Montero won’t spend too long out this time around:
“Jeff just felt some tightness so we took him off as a precaution. We are down to the bare bones as it is, but Jeff could have carried on if we’d needed him to.
“He said he could stay on but we didn’t want to risk anything because there was some tightness there.”