Mike impressed by Swans threats

8th August 2018
First team

Mike van der Hoorn is excited by Swansea City’s new recruits – and a familiar face who has returned in fine form.

The Swans handed debuts to summer recruits Joel Asoro, Bersant Celina, Barrie McKay and Yan Dhanda in their victory at Sheffield United on the opening day of the season.

While the quartet of attacking youngsters impressed, experienced wideman Jefferson Montero turned heads after coming off the substitutes’ bench.

Montero is back in the Swans fold having spent last season out on loan, first in Spain with Getafe and then in his native Ecuador at Emelec.

Having produced some promising displays in pre-season, the 28-year-old looked razor sharp at Bramall Lane.

And van der Hoorn is delighted to see Montero wearing Swans colours again.

“With Jeff we have a special weapon,” the central defender said.

“When he came on at Sheffield United he was very dangerous. He helped us get the two goals to win the game.

“I think you can see that defenders are scared of him. When he goes down the line he gives us a great option.

“He has pace and he is good in one-v-ones which makes him a big danger for us. When he comes on to the pitch, there is always something happening.”

Montero had a big hand in the Swans’ late winner at Sheffield United, as his cross was met by McKay before Dhanda swept the ball home with his first touch.

McKay hit the bar and played a central role in the Swans’ first goal, scored by Oli McBurnie, while Celina and Asoro both showed signs of their potential.

“We have signed some players with quality who are hungry and want to improve,” added van der Hoorn.

“Barrie, Bersant and Joel gave us good options and helped us play some beautiful football.

“Also Yan has showed some class already, and I am really glad for him that he got the goal.”