de Guzman hails squad strength

12th October 2013

Jonathan de Guzman says that he and his teammates are eager to play their part as the Swans prepare for yet another busy run of fixtures, following the international break.

Having entered the break on the back of seven fixtures in the space of just 21 days, the Swans are set to play another six in just 23 days, starting with Sunderland's visit to the Liberty on Sunday, October 19.

Despite the gruelling schedule, de Guzman is enjoying his football and believes every player is ready to step in when required.

"We've had a lot of games over the past couple of months," said the Dutch international. "It's been busy - and it's all new to us - but I think we are all enjoying it at the same time, playing a lot of games.

"With the squad we have, everyone is eager to play, and the first eleven is always changing, so everyone wants to make their contribution to the team.

"The competition [for places] is good for the squad. If you watch the training and the sessions we do, everyone is doing their best and doing extra for themselves.

"Even if you're not playing, you want to be ready to make that contribution to the team."

In Swansea's last Premier League outing, the side were beaten 2-0 by Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium.

In truth, the result of that game may have been much different, had the visiting side converted their chances.

Unfortunately, de Guzman was unable to play in the fixture due to a groin injury but, having watched the game from the sidelines, he wasn't too concerned by the lack of goals.

"From watching the game, I think we created a lot of chances," he said.

"When they got their second goal, it pretty much killed the momentum we were building, but I think the chances we created in that game were definite opportunities to score goals.

"If we keep creating our chances, I think the goals will come."

Due to his injury, the 26-year-old was also forced to pull out of the Holland squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

However, the midfielder expects to be fit in time to face Sunderland next weekend.

He added: "over the past week, everything has gone well with the individual sessions I've had.

"Now we have a little break over the weekend, so I should be ready for the first training session with the group on Monday. I'm looking forward to that."