Leroy Fer hoping to make a big impression at Swansea City
11th February 2016
Leroy Fer hopes to make his first big impression under Francesco Guidolin on the day he goes up against a former manager.
The Dutch international is waiting to make his Swans debut following his loan move from Championship side Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day.
An unused substitute during last weekend's home draw with Crystal Palace, Fer hopes to be given game-time this Saturday when the Swans host Southampton at the Liberty.
And, if he does feature, he will come across a familiar face in the Southampton dugout.
"I played under Ronald Koeman when I was at Feyenoord," said Fer. "I'd only played a few games under him before I joined FC Twente, but I know he is a very good manager.
"He has enjoyed a lot of success both as a player and manager, and he's doing really well at Southampton.
"But the main focus is Swansea and getting three points.
"I'd love to make my debut this weekend. I've worked hard in training in order to impress the head coach, and hopefully I'll play a part.
"I've liked what I have seen from him (Francesco Guidolin) already. He knows what he wants and he demands everything from each player. "
The Swans go into the game four points above third-bottom Norwich City, who are one of Fer's former clubs.
He suffered relegation with the Canaries, before experiencing the same fate with QPR the following campaign.
But he is confident the Swans have enough quality to avoid becoming involved in a relegation scrap at the tail end of the season.
"It's hard when you are near the bottom and the pressure is on you to get results," said the midfielder.
"But we have lots of quality in this squad, and the form has been very encouraging too.
"Two wins and two draws from the last four games shows the team has confidence and is moving in the right direction.
"Of course, it will be a very tough game against Southampton this Saturday, but we know three points would be a massive boost and could lift us up a few positions in the table."
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