Jake Bidwell taking nothing for granted following return
Jake Bidwell is taking nothing for granted in the battle for Swansea City’s left-back slot, after returning from suspension against Stoke.
The former Everton had had missed games against Watford, Reading and Charlton following his red card at Bristol City, which the Swans were unable to get rescinded on appeal.
Kyle Naughton had performed well in his absence, and started against the Potters at the weekend, only to be forced off by injury during the early exchanges.
That ensured Bidwell was soon back in the action, although the final outcome was not what he or his team-mates were hoping for as Swansea suffered Liberty Stadium frustration.
But the 26-year-old knows the challenge he faces for selection, with head coach Steve Cooper also having praised Declan John’s displays in the Carabao Cup, in addition to Naughton’s contribution.
“Off the back of a positive result at Charlton in the week, I knew I could not expect to walk straight back into the side,” he said.
“We’ve got a strong squad, and you can take absolutely nothing for granted with players like Kyle and Declan pushing to be involved.
“I didn’t think that my chance would come so early into the game, and it was unfortunate for Kyle.
“It’s a different scenario coming on as a sub, you just have to be as ready as possible. Obviously, I want to be back in the side but I know I am going to have to work very hard if that is to be the case.
“That’s particularly the case when we’ve had a poor performance and a poor result, none of us are happy with that performance and it’s up to us to put things right on the training field and in the next game.”