'New faces will boost us for Newcastle'

6th September 2017
First team

Leon Britton is tipping Swansea City’s deadline-day recruits to have an impact this weekend as Paul Clement’s men target victory over Newcastle United.

Wilfried Bony and Renato Sanches could both feature on Sunday after sealing moves to the Liberty in the final hours of the summer transfer window.

And Britton believes the mere presence of two such notable new signings will boost the Swans’ chances of banking a first home victory of the season.

“We have Wilfried Bony coming back and also Renato Sanches being part of things for the first time,” the Swans skipper said.

“That will give the crowd a big lift. I think having those two involved will boost everyone and create a really good atmosphere at the stadium. Hopefully that will help us get a win.”

The Swans are well aware of what Bony is capable of after his stellar first stint at the club.

The Ivory Coast man scored 34 goals in 70 appearances – only 56 of which were starts – after joining in the summer of 2013, form which earned him a big-money move to Manchester City.

Sanches, meantime, is a player who needs little introduction given the impact he made for Portugal as they won Euro 2016.

“We know Bony well,” Britton added. “He was great for us in the 18 months that he was here before.

“He has not played as much as he would have liked recently and has maybe lost his way a little bit, but I think he will be loved straightaway here and hopefully he can pick up his old form.

“And Sanches is a player who a year ago everyone was talking about as a massive, massive talent.

“Bayern Munich paid a lot of money for him last summer. He maybe didn’t play as much as he would have liked last season, but the manager knows him well.

“He is a player with great pedigree and hopefully he and Bony can be big hits for us this season.”

The arrival of Sanches means Clement has good options in midfield.

Sam Clucas made his debut at Palace following his move from Hull and is likely to make his first Liberty appearance in Swans colours this weekend.

And having been sidelined briefly by a back spasm, Britton is back in contention for the Newcastle clash.

“My back is fine,” he said. “I trained all last week and I am ready to go again and am available for selection.

“We got an important win at Palace and now we’re looking for our first home win of the season.

“Newcastle picked up a good win over West Ham last week so they will be coming with confidence, but our home form is going to be vital.”