Martin hails commitment of "Tenby Messi" Liam Cullen

31st December 2022
First team
Liam Cullen celebrates his goal against

Russell Martin hailed “the Tenby Messi” Liam Cullen after watching the striker contribute a goal and an assist to Swansea City’s 4-0 victory over Watford at the Swansea.com Stadium.

Cullen scored for the third-straight game after also netting against Coventry and Reading, with a brace from Joel Piroe and a Joel Latibeaudiere effort rounding off the scoring in an emphatic win.

Cullen, 24, had set up Piroe for the opener with a lovely pass after a loose ball had been picked off by the Swans.

The academy product from Kilgetty has had to be patient this season, with a shoulder injury playing a part in limiting his game time.

But head coach Martin says the forward’s effort and commitment to the club he has supported since childhood has never been in doubt, and he is delighted to see him contributing.

“The Tenby Messi has been incredible, that’s what someone has started calling him,” said Martin with a grin.

“He has been great, it has not been an easy journey for him. He has been patient, he has persevered and he deserved the chance to be on the pitch because he has made an impact in the last couple of games.

Russell Martin

“He is all-in every day, he trains so hard and he leaves nothing on the pitch. He gives us everything he has got.

“That is important, especially in these moments where it has been a bit difficult and a bit tough.

“He is someone who is willing to go through a bit of pain for you, it has been a bit stop-start for him since we have been here.

“He went out on loan last season, but guys like him, Ollie Cooper, Ben Cabango and Joe Allen have something special because they have come through the academy and they really care about the club.

“Culls cares as much as anyone I have ever seen, and Joel Piroe even said to me this week that he thinks Liam Cullen is good for him.

“I think you can see and understand why. They have a nice connection and hopefully that can build.

“Culls could not have done any more to his chance. He is so willing to run, which is important for us.

“He got a goal and an assist, he has been desperate for his career to kickstart at the club he loves and supports and it is down to him now.”

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