Swansea’s somewhat forgotten man Leon Britton has just received a huge vote of confidence from his manager. Despite spending most of the season on the sidelines, Garry Monk has revealed that Britton is still a “priceless” asset and a “top player” for Swansea City.
Due to injury setbacks and the excellent form of the Swans’ other midfield stars Ki Sung-Yueng, Jonjo Shelvey and Jack Cork, Britton has only made eight Premier League appearances this term. In fairness to the ex-West Ham United trainee, he hasn’t let his head drop and he’s been fit and raring to go when called upon. The midfielder’s last game before coming on in the 4-2 loss to Manchester City on Sunday was in early January when the Swans drew 1-1 with the Hammers.
Despite the 32-year-old’s lack of game time, Monk has spoke out on the difficulties he’s had leaving him out and just how “vital” Britton still is for the future of the football club. The Swans boss said;
“One of the most difficult situations I have had to deal with is Leon because he is such a vital player and such a top player. I have said many times that I think he is the best player probably that this club have ever had – certainly in my time. But he has had a difficult season. Circumstances have not helped. He had a very long injury at the start of the season, when he missed three or four months, and you’re then always on catch-up.”
Swansea are set for a busy summer of transfer dealings as they look to bolster and shuffle up the squad – Monk has already been linked with Marseille forward Andre Ayew and FC Twente’s Luc Castaignos, but he will be hoping that Britton’s lack of game time won’t sway his head to look elsewhere for first-team action.
“I would love to have given him more game-time, like some others, but the fact is that the players who are playing have done so well. And Leon doesn’t show his frustration. He is very respectful towards everything that goes on at this club,” said Monk.
“He is very supportive of the group. There is no-one prouder of what we have done than him and I want him to be a big part of the future.”
Whatever happens during the summer, Leon Britton has unquestionably been a superb servant to Swansea City and a huge reason why the club are where they are now. He certainly still has a lot to offer and everyone involved with the Swans would love to see him stay at the Liberty Stadium for the foreseeable future.