Mawson learning from Swans "education"
10th September 2016
Alfie Mawson revealed his move to Swansea City has been a "great education" as he gets to grips with life in the Premier League.
The 22-year-old is hoping to make his top-flight debut this weekend - 12 days after joining the Swans from Championship side Barnsley.
Mawson admits he's been busy picking the brains of his fellow team-mates, none more so than World Cup and European Championship winner Fernando Llorente.
"I've been fortunate enough to be training against the likes of Fernando, who I've been talking to a lot to learn as much as I can," said Swansea's new number six.
"It's not every day that you have a team-mate who has won the World Cup and European Championships, so it's an ideal opportunity for me to pick up advice and learn.
"The lads are probably sick of hearing me asking questions, but that's the type of person I am - I want to improve as much as I can.
"It's been a great education for me ever since the first day I arrived, and the more I learn the more I improve."
With Chelsea visiting the Liberty this Sunday (4pm), Mawson could make his Premier League debut - two years after featuring on loan for non-league club Welling United.
Mawson faces competition from Federico Fernandez, Jordi Amat and Mike van der Hoorn for the centre-back positions in Francesco Guidolin's defence.
"It would be an amazing moment for me if I do make my Premier League debut this weekend," added Mawson.
"I don't know if I will be involved at all, but I am working hard to impress the manager to show him that I'm ready to step up.
"The Premier League is obviously going to be a big step up in terms of quality, but I'm confident in my ability and that I can play at this level.
"The facilities here are fantastic. It gives every player the platform to develop while the lads have been great.
"Some people have an image of a Premier League football being arrogant and flash, but it is totally the opposite here.
"Everyone has been very welcoming and open with me, and I've really enjoyed it so far. It's been easy to slot in."
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