Opportunity knocks for Lamah
26th November 2013
Roland Lamah admits every day at Swansea City is an education - and now he feels he's reaping the rewards of ten months of hard work.
The Belgian international has started the last three games for the Swans, the latest being Sunday's victory at Fulham.
Prior to that, Lamah had been included in Michael Laudrup's starting XI for the draws at Kuban Krasnodar in the Europa League and Stoke City in the Premier League.
It means he has already featured on more occasions than he did last season following his arrival via an 18-month loan deal from Osasuna in January.
And the 25-year-old is enjoying his time in the starting line-up as he looks to make the most of his big opportunity to express himself.
"I have really enjoyed being in the team from the start for the last three games," said Lamah. "Each game has been different, and I think it has helped me show what I can do.
"It has been great having a run in the team - it allows you to have a bit of momentum. It's not a confidence thing - I always have confidence in my ability - but getting a run in the team has been very helpful.
"I've had to wait for my opportunity and work hard in training in the meantime. But what is great here is that I have Pablo (Hernandez), Wayne (Routledge), Nathan (Dyer) and Alejandro (Pozuelo) to learn from.
"I watch them every day in training and during the games and I study what they do. Each player is a different type of winger, and that is fascinating for me as I can pick up little things from each one and use it in my game.
"And I've learned from Ben (Davies) and Neil (Taylor) too as I play in front of them. They are very vocal players and are a great help to me not only in defence but attack too.
"There's a good feeling in this camp - the players are all together, and I think you can see that out on the pitch in our performances."
Lamah will be hoping for a fourth consecutive start on Thursday as the Swans look to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages.
Valencia are the visitors to the Liberty with the Swans knowing victory over the Group A leaders would guarantee them a spot in the last 32.
A 3-0 win at the Mestalla in the opening fixtures of the group stage proved a fantastic start for Laudrup and Co.
They now have qualification in sight, but Lamah believes the Swans will have to play to their full potential if they are to claim the double over the La Liga side.
"I know Valencia very well from my time in La Liga," added Lamah. "They are a very strong side and they will want to confirm their qualification on Thursday.
"There are a lot of similarities between Valencia and ourselves and I think it will be a great game because both teams love to pass the ball and retention is a big part too.
"I know we won 3-0 out there, but that result is in the past. That has no bearing on Thursday night, and we will have to be at our best if we want to get a good result.
"To qualify for the next stage on Thursday would be great for us, but it will be a very tough night as they are a class outfit."
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