Connor lives the Swans dream

7th January 2018
First team

Connor Roberts is hungry for another chance to impress after living a dream by making his full Swansea City debut.

The 22-year-old played the full 90 minutes as the Swans drew 0-0 in the Emirates FA Cup third round at Wolves yesterday.

And for the Neath-born full-back, it was a day to remember.

“It’s unbelievable for me,” Roberts said.

“I have been at this club since I was 10 years old and my aim has always been to play for the first team.

“Now I have done that, hopefully I can kick on and get some more appearances under my belt.”

Roberts spent the first half of the season on loan at Middlesbrough, but returned to the Liberty earlier this week because of a lack of first-team opportunities at the Riverside.

Having played four times for Boro, the former Yeovil loanee was called on by Carlos Carvalhal because of the Swans’ issues at right-back.

Kyle Naughton was serving part two of a three-match ban this weekend, while Angel Rangel missed out after picking up a calf problem in last Tuesday’s defeat by Spurs.

“I didn’t get as much game-time as I wanted at Middlesbrough so I came back and I’ve been chucked in at the deep end,” Roberts added.

“The manager just told me to go and enjoy it. He hasn’t seen much of me but I think he spoke to people at the club who told him I am decent player.

“Hopefully I repaid the faith he showed in me.”

Roberts may now be an option for next weekend’s Premier League trip to Newcastle, while he will also hope to feature when the Swans faces Wolves in a replay.

The two teams must do battle again after neither could find a breakthrough yesterday.

“Overall I think the draw was a fair result,” Roberts said.

“Both sides had chances. Kris (Nordfeldt) made some great saves in the first half, but we went forward well in the second half and were unlucky not to get a break.”