King thriving under Carvalhal

9th March 2018
First team

Andy King reckons Carlos Carvalhal has the ability to bring the best out of him during his loan spell with Swansea City.

King, who arrived from Leicester City on deadline day, enjoyed a dream full debut in the 4-1 victory over West Ham United last weekend as he scored his first goal for the Swans and put in an impressive display at the heart of midfield.

The Welsh international has played under some big characters throughout his career including Nigel Pearson and Claudio Ranieri at Leicester.

And he feels Carvalhal is another who can inspire him to raise his game.

“I’ve always enjoyed my football the most and played my best under managers with big characters,” he said. “I seem to get on better and respond to them. 

“I want to come into training and it to be an enjoyable place to work.

“Carlos definitely has all the characteristics to keep Swansea in the Premier League.

“He’s good fun to be around but, when you go out on the pitch, he won’t accept anything less than 100 per cent.

“What he’s achieved so far is brilliant but he’ll be the first to admit that unless Swansea stay in the Premier League, he won’t be happy.”

The Swans face another crucial game in their battle for Premier League survival tomorrow as they take on Huddersfield.

Only goal difference separates the two sides in the table, and King feels the Swans must focus on their performance if they are to achieve a positive result at the John Smith’s Stadium.

“It’ll be a fast-paced encounter and, with so much on the line, it’ll be very competitive,” he added.

“Huddersfield are a good team. They have a game-plan that they all know and stick to.

“But as long as we stick together and the application is right, we’ve got a really good chance of getting something out of it.”