Cup display boosts competition for places, says Tremmel
25th September 2014
Gerhard Tremmel believes Swansea City's Capital One Cup win over Everton will give Garry Monk a welcomed selection headache for Saturday's trip to Sunderland.
Monk made five changes for the midweek cup clash with Everton at the Liberty, with goals from Nathan Dyer, Gylfi Sigurdsson and substitute Marvin Emnes booking the Swans' spot in the fourth round.
Tremmel was among the changes, which also included Jazz Richards, Tom Carroll, Jefferson Montero and Bafe Gomis.
Tremmel kept his second clean sheet of the competition, with his main action of the night seeing him denying Antolin Alcaraz from close range along with racing off his line to beat substitute Romelu Lukaku to a loose ball.
Richards, loanee Carroll and Gomis impressed while Montero set up the opening goal in one of his best performances since arriving at the club.
And Tremmel feels their performances will give Monk plenty to consider when picking his starting line-up against Sunderland this weekend.
"The manager likes to make tough decisions. When you have strong competition in the squad that is great for the team," said the German keeper, who played a starring role in the Swans' victorious Capital One Cup campaign in 2013.
"When you get pressure for your position you have to work harder to remain in the team.
"No-one in this team takes anything for granted because you look around the changing room knowing anyone in there can take the place of another player.
"Every player in the squad wants to play, and games like the one on Tuesday night gives you an opportunity to remind the manager of your quality.
"He will have some tough decisions to make, but that's what he wants for every game."
Following two straight defeats in the league, the cup win over Everton - a first victory over the Toffees - sends the Swans to the North East in positive mood.
Monk's side had won their opening three league games before back-to-back back losses to Chelsea and Southampton.
But Tremmel insists the squad head to the Stadium of Light buoyed by Tuesday night's result.
"The victory gives the whole squad confidence," added Tremmel. "Everton are always a very tough side to play and it's fantastic that we have got the club's first win over Everton - it has been a long time waiting.
"Winning a match always brings a good feeling to the club, and that will come in useful for Saturday."