Swansea City Under-23s’ midfielder Kees de Boer has revealed how he has taken inspiration from Leon Britton as he continues his development.
The Dutchman, who joined the Swans from Ajax in the summer of 2017, established himself as a regular in the development side during the 2018-19 campaign and grew into the role as the season progressed.
His form helped the young Swans perform strongly over the second half of the season and reach the semi-finals of the Premier League Cup for the third year running.
Britton, of course, made the midfield playmaker role his own for the majority of his Swansea career, and de Boer has explained how he has been encouraged to learn from the master.
“I like the responsibility of trying to dictate the play and shape the play, that is the type of player I am,” he said.
“I try to get on the ball and move the ball and I know there is a real tradition of these type of players being important at Swansea.
“The coaches are always telling me how good Leon Britton was in that role and to watch how he played the position, so I just try to improve every aspect and get in the first team.
“I have seen quite a few games with Leon, I know how good he was and if I can get even half as many games as he had for the first team I would be a very happy man.
“But, for now, it’s about going away over the summer and putting the hard work in to make sure I keep progressing when we come back.”