New signing Martin Olsson is confident Swansea City will improve under Paul Clement
17th January 2017
New signing Martin Olsson believes he's joined a Swansea City side that will move in the right direction under Paul Clement.
The Swedish international became the club's second signing of the January transfer window today after he arrived from Championship club Norwich City.
Olsson has penned a two-and-a-half year deal - with the option of a third year - after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.
There are plenty of familiar faces in the Swans squad for the left-back, none more so than international team-mate Kristoffer Nordfeldt and ex-Canaries colleague Leroy Fer.
But it is his time with Clement - then working as a coach - at Blackburn Rovers which has given him the belief that the Swans will soon be working their way up the table.
"I've known Paul for a few years and he's a good man," said Olsson, who trained with his new team-mates for the first time this morning.
"I like the way he trains - it is intense - and I can't wait to start working with him.
"The squad plays good football, even with the position the team is in now, and I don't think the club should be down there. It's a good team.
"A few seasons ago Swansea were very high up in the table, and they haven't lost too many players since then.
"With the way we play, we should be up there. Hopefully Paul comes in with his tactics and makes it work."
Olsson, who will wear squad number 16, faces competition for the left-back spot from Stephen Kingsley and Neil Taylor, who is currently sidelined with a fractured cheekbone.
But the 28-year-old insists he's ready to battle for his place in Clement's plans.
"You always need competition for places," said Olsson. "Neil is injured at the moment, but he will be back and we will have strong competition for the left-back spot - I'm up for that.
"I want to work hard, enjoy it and do everything I can for the club.
"I just want to get into the team and start playing."
Olsson could make his debut in Saturday's trip to Anfield as Clement's side take on Liverpool (12.30pm).
The Swans head to Merseyside knowing victory would move them out of the relegation zone ahead of the afternoon's other fixtures.
"Liverpool would be a good place to make my debut," he added. "They are a good team, but hopefully I will start the game and we will get the right result."
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