These are your Swansea City headlines on Monday, September 13.
Downes on form, fitness and Covid impact
Swansea midfielder Flynn Downes says he is loving the role he has been handed at the club and revealed contracting Covid-19 “properly messed me up”.
The 22-year-old signed on from Ipswich this summer, penning a four-year deal in SA1 and against Hull City on Saturday he took on the responsibility of picking the ball up off the backline and starting up attacks.
He did this well against the Tigers, with the only thing missing from the performance being a goal, he feels.
“I love the role I played,” said Downes. “To be fair, I’ll play anywhere, so wherever the manager puts me, I’ll play there.
“We’ve been doing a lot of work over it this week and the last couple weeks since I didn’t have a game during the break.
“I think [the international break] was a blessing in disguise, really, because we’ve been able to properly work on it and learn all the little tips in that role.
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“But I loved it, and I think it’s even better when all the boys play well, and we all dominate.
“All that was missing was the final product. I think if we got one goal it would have turned into two, three or four.
“That was the only thing missing, really, but like I said, a dominant performance.”
Downes was laid low with Covid before the international break and the midfielder admitted it really hit him for six. Now back in the groove, he hopes to kick on, starting with the midweek clash against Millwall.
“I think all the boys will tell you, I’ve been moaning about it,” Downes confessed. “It properly messed me up, to be honest; lost a lot of weight, I was just absolutely done.
“But, like I said, the international break came at a good time for me, I’ve obviously trained for the past couple of weeks, so that’s been ideal. I felt alright out there, towards the latter stages I was feeling a little bit tired, but other than that I was all good.
“We’ll one hundred percent be looking to build on this performance for the next game.
“The only thing that was missing was the final product, so we’ll go to the training ground, we’ll do lots of work on it, and hopefully by the Millwall game, we’ll have some new things.”
Free agents available to Martin
Head coach Russell Martin has said the club will monitor the free agents market ahead of the January transfer window opening.
Martin feels his squad is still imbalanced and that work still needs to be done to address it.
“There’s always areas you want to improve, but we have a fairly big squad,” admitted Martin.
“It’s still a little bit imbalanced, the squad, in terms of the amount we have in certain positions and the amount we have in others.
“That’s not going to be fixed in one transfer window, it’s going to take two or three. I’m not naive to think we were going to sort it all in the last window after being here for four weeks.
“If anyone becomes available that we really think improves us, then it’s something to discuss.
“We’ve looked at the list of people out of contract, and there might be guys who come in and train that we can have a look at if they’re willing to do that, but at the moment we’re happy with what we’ve got.”
With that in mind, here is a list of free agents currently available to Martin and Co.
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Millwall injury blow
Wednesday night’s opponents Millwall have been hit by the news that George Evans and Benik Afobe are likely to miss the clash at the Swansea.com Stadium.
“It’s a bit of a blow Benik, he had a problem with his knee which we are getting assessed so he won’t be available for the next game or two,” manager Gary Rowett said after the 1-1 draw with West Brom at the weekend.
“George Evans pulled his groin yesterday in training. We just can’t seem to keep the squad fit and give us those options to win games at Championship level.
“But I thought the team were great today, I couldn’t have asked for anymore within the performance, I thought we were very good.
“Mason (Bennett) has only been back for a few days training. I think when everyone is fit the squad is strong, we showed today we can come to a place like this and compete with a very, very good side.”
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