Boss hails "role model" Wayne Routledge

31st August 2019
First team
Wayne Routledge

Steve Cooper praised “role model” Wayne Routledge after the winger came off the bench to seal victory for Swansea City at Elland Road.

Substitute Routledge snatched a last-gasp winner to stun Leeds and send the Swans to the top of the embryonic Championship table.

The winger has had to bide his time for league action so far this season after suffering an injury towards the end of pre-season.

But he underlined the value of his experience and nous by being in the right place at the right time to sweep home Matt Grimes’ deflected cross.

And head coach Cooper praised Routledge’s professionalism, describing him as a “real asset” to Swansea City.

“Wayne does not have a bad day at work, his training, application and support to the team is a real asset for us,” said the Swans boss.

Wayne Routledge

“We can sometimes forget how good he is, and the performances he can still give.

“He was excellent against Cambridge in the week, but this was a moment for a calm head.

“We felt there was a goal out there for us, and he is good at securing the ball. He is still athletic and makes good decisions in hectic moments and that’s what he gave us.

“But it isn’t just about what everyone sees on the pitch, it’s the role model that he is and has been from day one.

“I met with Wayne even before pre-season had started and I knew from that conversation he would be an asset in so many ways, as well as being a footballer who can make a difference.

“He is brilliant to have around and I am pretty sure he is proud to be a part of it.”