Monday's media round-up
2nd March 2015
There has been plenty to write about in the media after the Swans' victory at Burnley.
The win at Turf Moor moved the Swans onto 40 points after just 27 games - making it the quickest time in which they have reached that tally in the Barclays Premier League.
And The Guardian was full of praise for Garry Monk in their report from the game.
"Only seven managers have procured more Premier League points this season than Garry Monk. Manuel Pellegrini is the division's defending champion and Brendan Rodgers the reigning manager of the year. José Mourinho and Louis van Gaal are former Champions League winners and Arsène Wenger was a finalist in Europe's elite competition. The other two, Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino, became coveted because of their exploits earlier in their careers.
"Swansea's track record shows they are entitled to opt for an outsider. No City manager has failed since Nick Cusack in 2002 and each of their last seven appointments has enjoyed at least some success.
"The 35-year-old Monk is tasting it at a tender age, to the surprise of some.
"Perhaps the most pertinent comparison is not with his peers, but his predecessors. Monk has taken Swansea to 40 Premier League points in a season quicker than Brendan Rodgers or Michael Laudrup. He is on course to top their record points total, 47, and secure their highest finish. The chance to make history is a carrot."
Wales Online concentrated on the record-breaking achievement by the Swans.
They carried quotes from Monk, who said: "It is a bit of a statement from the squad itself, from the club as well, but of course it is a statement from myself.
"Coming in to this job, I understood it was an opportunity that wouldn't happen very often at this level, but I think I proved my capabilities at the end of last season.
"This season it was about me trying to push on and trying to put those doubters who were there at the start of the season and will always be there, it gets less and less as you go on, I just have to trust what I am doing is the right thing.
"Of course when you get results and achieve things, things like 40 points earlier than you have before, it helps reaffirm to yourself that you are doing the right thing. For myself, of course it is, but I am more concentrated on doing well for the team and making sure they progress and along with my career, hopefully the two will go hand in hand."
The Daily Mail focussed on the manner of the Swans' win. Monk adopted the midfield diamond formation for the second consecutive game - and with it, came another victory following on from the 2-1 triumph over Manchester United.
"Swansea City manager Garry Monk has denied abandoning their tradition for playing attractive football as he closes in on Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup to become the club's most successful Premier League manager.
"Monk made no apology for Swansea's win on Saturday that was gritty rather than pretty.
"They are now eighth and only seven points away from their record points tally in the Premier League, 47 under Rodgers before he was snapped up by Liverpool.
"Swansea, who beat Manchester United 2-1 the previous weekend, had to rely on a 64th minute own goal from Kieran Trippier and a man-of-the-match performance from goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to take the points at Turf Moor with Burnley feeling they deserved a penalty for a pull on substitute Sam Vokes."
Meanwhile, the Daily Star's story saw Monk hailing midfielder Jonjo Shelvey for his recent performances.
When asked if he felt Shelvey deserved an England recall, Monk said: "He will have a chance. He is a great talent with unbelievable ability. He can go as far as he wants to go"
"All he has to do is make sure he is focused, his attitude is spot on and he works hard. You forget how young he is, he only turned 23 last week.
"Towards the start of the season Jonjo had some ups and downs but when he is focused and pushing he can deliver great quality.
"Sometimes I have been hard on him, but he knows it is nothing I say to you guys that I haven't said to his face."
Meanwhile, the South Wales Evening Post reported that Gylfi Sigurdsson in expected to return for Wednesday night's trip to his former club Tottenham Hotspur.
Sigurdsson, who left White Hart Lane last summer, missed the weekend's win at Burnley through injury.
"He just had a slight tightness in his hamstring near the end of the week so instead of risking him on Saturday, we gave him some treatment," said Monk.
"He should be back on the training field on Monday."