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King hungry to make Swans mark

King has been ineligible for the Swans’ two games since he completed a loan move from Leicester City on transfer-deadline day.

But the midfielder is in contention for the Clarets clash – and is looking forward to the prospect of pulling on a Swans shirt for the first time.

“I felt before I joined that this was a good club for me to come to and I have been proved right based on what I have seen so far,” King said.

“I knew a couple of boys before I came here, but all the players and the staff have been really welcoming.

“I am excited – I am hoping this will be a chance to play some football and enjoy my football.

“The manager is a character and I can see already why the players enjoy playing for him. He likes a laugh but he is also serious when he needs to be.

“I am looking forward to playing under him and I can’t wait to get started.”

King is expected to be part of Carlos Carvalhal’s matchday squad for the Burnley clash, when the Swans will look to stretch their unbeaten run to nine games.

It has been a remarkable turnaround for a side who were in deep trouble when Carvalhal took over.

The Swans were bottom of the table and five points adrift of safety when the Portuguese was appointed in late December.

But King sees similarities between this Swans team and the Leicester side he was part of in 2014-15.

The Foxes were in an almost identical position then to the one the Swans found themselves at the halfway stage in this season, yet they ended up finishing 14th after a scintillating run at the back-end of the campaign.

“There are definite similarities,” King said.

“The things that got us over the line at Leicester were good players, which we have here, and also a real togetherness in the squad, which I can see Swansea have too.

“Everyone gets on well off the pitch and that carries you through at difficult times.

“I think you have seen that on the pitch a few times in recent weeks, with the team coming back after going behind to get results.

“You have to stick together, as a squad and with the supporters as well. That makes a big difference.”

Sean Dyche’s Burnley side are notoriously difficult to beat – as proved in last weekend’s draw with Manchester City – and eased past the Swans at Turf Moor earlier in the campaign.

“Burnley have had a brilliant season – they are a club who have built year on year,” King added.

“They like to get in people’s faces, but they also have good players and play some good stuff.

“But hopefully we can impose our game-plan on them and get a good result.”

 

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