Holland aims to utilise continental experience
11th October 2016
Tom Holland hopes his continental experience can help inspire Swansea City Under-23s to victory in their Premier League International Cup debut on Tuesday (7pm).
The young Swans face Dutch side Feyenoord 2 at Landore in their opening game in Group D, with other matches coming against Chelsea and Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb later this year.
Holland, who has made seven appearances for the development squad so far this season, featured in the UEFA Youth League while at Manchester City.
"The international Cup should be an exciting competition," said the Republic of Ireland U19s international. "We will play against some of the best players in the world for our age group. It will be good to test ourselves against different teams.
"Feyenoord will be a tough test - they have a very good academy and their B team will have good experience.
"We have a difficult group but we will go into the competition with confidence following our Checkatrade Trophy win over Newport last week. I believe we have a strong squad to cause these teams problems.
"I've been lucky to have had experience playing in the youth version of the Champions League while at Manchester City against sides like CSKA Moscow, Roma and Bayern Munich. Hopefully that involvement means I can add something to this campaign.
"As a group we can definitely gain something from this competition and learn from the different styles these teams will bring. Everyone is looking forward to it."
Entry to the game is free. Swans fans are reminded there is no parking at the Landore facility.
Swans U23s squad (from): Gregor Zabret, Aaron Lewis, Keston Davies, Tyler Reid, Tom Plezier, Tom Holland, Jack Evans, Tom Dyson, Ryan Blair, George Byers, Botti Biabi, Alex Bray, Alex Samuel, Jordan Garrick.
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