Swansea’s Future Stars
Posted by Matt Walters | Published on April 22, 2016
Swansea’s U21s have had a fantastic season, reaching the play-offs and beating champions Arsenal and putting in several brilliant attacking performances across the season. I highlight the star performers and who could make the step up into the senior team.
Signed from Arsenal in the Summer, Vickers made the trip to SA1 alongside goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts and immediately adapted to the club and culture and has been an important figure in several matches including many important saves in a 3-1 win at the Landore Training Ground against his former team Arsenal. Despite this, he has been used on a rotational basis.
The reason for such rotation is Slovenian U21 goalkeeper, Gregor Zabret. Signed by Swansea in 2013, the Slovenian had been first choice goalkeeper for the youth team until this season but has still showcased confidence and quick reflexes when he has played.
The Scottish defender has enjoyed a good season, making his Premier league debut against title favourites Arsenal. He didn’t make any big mistakes and provided good crosses into the box in a 2-1 win at the Emirates. He made his home debut against bottom club Aston Villa in which he kept a clean sheet. He appears to have pushed Franck Tabanou out of the second-choice left back slot.
The Swede is another to have adapted well from a foreign culture. The midfielder seems to be a composed passer and a well-balanced midfielder in the mould of Ferrie Bodde. there seems to be a great deal of talent here but that has been said about many before.
Another Scot, Fulton also played in the away win against Arsenal and captained the side against the Arsenal u21s, a team containing Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky. The midfielder played well and limited Arsenal’s midfield’s influence in both matches.
Grimes captained England’s u20s at the Toulon tournament and scored his first goal for the club in a 3-0 victory in the league cup over York. He has not spent very long with the u21s this season, going on loan to Blackburn but he is definitely on the fringes of the first team and is one to watch.
The Dutch winger has been the star man this season, his recent performances since his loan to Den Haag was cancelled have showcased his pace, agility, skill, finishing and intelligence on the ball. A clever backheel assist the highlight of a win at the Liberty against Newcastle, his far-post free-kick which went in via the woodwork would have impressed Sigurdsson himself.
The first and only Welshman in this article, the winger has hit form recently along with most of the team. Jones has proven himself to be a hardworking midfielder with a good cross on him. Should he step into the first team, he will be the first local boy to play for Swansea since Ben Davies left for Tottenham.
As Gorre returned from the Netherlands after his loan was cancelled, the Scottish centre forward was sent to Newport County, on his debut from the bench he scored a hat trick against Luton. Before this, he was the u21’s top scorer that season; and despite Gorre’s impressive form, he retains that status. He is an exciting talent and many will hope to see him a bit more.