Ben Cabango has sights set on Championship chance
Swansea City defender Ben Cabango has his sights set on making his Championship debut after getting the chance to regularly feature in the matchday squad.
The 19-year-old has made his breakthrough at first-team level this season, starting all three of the Swans games in the Carabao Cup and impressing with his performances.
His showings won the praise of head coach Steve Cooper, particularly the manner in which he handled Premier League calibre forwards such as Danny Welbeck and Andre Gray against Watford.
It capped Cabango’s rise through the ranks having been with the Swans for five years, featuring regularly in the under-18 and the under-23 sides Swans until his promotion to the senior squad.
While Ben Wilmot has been handed a starting role in the absence of the injured Joe Rodon – and quickly made a mark with goals against Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday – Cabango is also gaining valuable experience as part of the matchday 18.
And he hopes game time in the second tier is not too far away for him.
“I’m obviously in a really good position in the team now but it can be frustrating sometimes because I’m not playing a week in a week out, and that’s all I want to do,” said Cabango, who is currently on international duty with Wales Under-21s.
“However, I understand I’m young and we have really good centre-backs here and they all are playing very well as well. I just got to keep working hard, keep myself fit, listen to the gaffer’s advices and hopefully my chance will come soon.
“The gaffer gave Ben (Wilmot) a chance and he’s done very well and taken this chance.
“Hopefully, I can get a few minutes and show that I’m good enough to take that chance as well but, like I said, it’s all about hard work and training, then the chance will come.
“I will put everything out there to show what I can do.”