Leon salutes Swans’ start

11th September 2018
First team

​​​​​​​Leon Britton has saluted Swansea City’s start to life in the Championship, declaring: “I’m sure this young squad will get stronger.”

Britton hung up his boots in May having racked up more than 500 appearances across 16 seasons as a Swan.

And he has watched on with delight as Graham Potter’s side have made a promising start to life in the Championship.

Victories over Sheffield United, Preston and Millwall have helped the Swans take 11 points from their first six games in the second tier.

That return has impressed Britton given the number of changes at the Liberty over the summer.

“The team have done very well so far,” Britton said.

“A lot of players left this summer and the club has been through a big change.

“I think the players have done very well to deal with that and 11 points from six games is a good return.

“Graham and the fans will be happy with what they have seen so far, but I am sure this young squad is only going to get stronger and stronger.

“We all know the Championship is a very tough league, but the team have adapted very well in some very tough games. They have showed great character as well as talent.”

Britton was just 20 when he made his debut for the Swans back in 2002.

Some 16 years later, the new club ambassador is happy see a fresh batch of young players progressing with the club that gave him the opportunity to play first-team football.

“It is great to see more young lads get opportunities,” Britton added.

“It was difficult for young players get a chance in the Premier League when the stakes were so high, but in the Championship more players are getting that opportunity.

“The under-23s have done brilliantly over the past few seasons. Dropping down a division has been a blessing in disguise because they have been champing at the bit and are all showing they can do really well at this level.

“As the season goes on I am expecting our group to get stronger.”