Garcia's praise for Lukasz's Fab start
8th November 2014
Swans goalkeeping coach Javier Garcia has hailed the big impression made by Lukasz Fabianski following his summer switch from Arsenal.
The Polish keeper ended a seven-year stint with the Gunners to join the Garry Monk's side on a free transfer, and Fabianski has already shown his quality by keeping five clean sheets from ten Barclays Premier League matches.
Two of those have come in the most recent matches against Leicester and Everton, with the 29-year-old eyeing a sixth shutout of the campaign when his former employers arrive at the Liberty.
And Garcia, who also joined the Swans in the summer after arriving from Europa League winners Sevilla, was full of praise for the former Gunners stopper.
"The team in general is working very hard on our defensive shape, and our goalkeepers have done a very good job so far," said Garcia.
"The team is very safe at the back, and this is why we have had so many clean sheets so far.
"Lukasz is a very clever footballer. He has the capacity to analyse players very quickly and it has helped him settle in immediately.
"Of course, he is a very good footballer and one of his main characteristics is his aerial ability. He is very comfortable coming out to claim a cross.
"The first thing a goalkeeper needs is confidence. I think Lukasz has felt that confidence here at Swansea.
"But he is a good person to work with because he is very open-minded and his first thought is to improve."
With Gerhard Tremmel pushing Fabianski for a regular starting role, Garcia admits he has an ideal situation with two experienced keepers.
He added: "The goalkeeper position at Swansea is very safe. We have two experienced goalkeepers pushing for one position.
"They work each day knowing they could be number one for the next game.
"It is friendly competition, and it is ideal for us because they push each other forward and in that way they improve each other's ability.
"And we also have young David (Cornell) who is benefiting from working and learning from Lukasz and Gerhard every single day. So that is great for the players and the club."
Garcia, who helped mastermind Sevilla's penalty shoot-out win over Benfica in the Europa League final in May, has already made his mark at his new club.
A 50 per cent return of clean sheets so far would please any coach, yet Garcia is more concerned about other factors.
"Normally people see the goalkeeper's purpose is a clean sheet. Of course, that is very important," Garcia points out.
"But here at Swansea I talk to Garry and the coaching staff and we all recognise the performance of the goalkeeper is very important. What can they bring to the rest of the team? In which ways can they improve certain aspects of our gameplan?
"I talk a lot to Garry, Pep and the coaching team about how we set up defensively. That's not just the goalkeeper and defence - that's the whole team.
"We've had five clean sheets in ten league games, but in every match the opposition has had very few chances to score. You limit the opportunities, the less chance of them scoring."