Patience is key for Swansea City's Gambian winger Modou Barrow
6th January 2016
Modou Barrow believes performances with come with patience as he looks to play in his part in helping the Swans rise up the table this season.
The Gambian winger has featured in all of the Swans' last six matches, with Barrow given a starting role in the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace in the final league game of 2015.
His other start in his 11 league appearances this term came in the home defeat to Stoke City in October.
But encouraging performances in matches with Aston Villa - where he played a big part in Andre Ayew's winning goal - and Manchester City have seen the 23-year-old become a more integral part of the squad.
Last weekend he gave a clear indication of his talent by coming off the bench to set up Gylfi Sigurdsson's equaliser in the 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.
And Barrow, who is the first Gambian to play in the Barclays Premier League, insists he's happy to bide his time as the Swans look to steer themselves clear of the dropzone.
"I want to play in every game we have. That's how I am," said Barrow. "But we have very good players here and I have to wait for my chance. I'll keep working hard and I'll wait for my opportunity.
"I'm pleased to be involved and have the opportunity to help the team. I believe in my ability and I will do what I'm best at, no matter who I am playing against.
"Everybody wants to start. I started the game against Palace and I felt I did well, while I came off the bench in games against Manchester City and Manchester United.
"We were a goal down last weekend and I was watching the game from the bench - I knew that there was space for me to exploit if I came on.
"When I'm one-on-one I want to give the defender a real tough time and when I was on the pitch I felt fresher than the defender, and I took advantage of that to help set up the goal for Gylfi."
On Sunday the Swans look to avoid an upset when they visit League Two side Oxford United in the FA Cup third round.
And Barrow will be hoping for another opportunity to impress caretaker-manager Alan Curtis ahead of next week's crucial league clash with Sunderland.
"The cup is a great competition and everyone will be looking for the Premier League clubs to be knocked out by teams in lower divisions," he added.
"We don't want to be among those - we would love a good cup run.
"The FA Cup has great history and we really want to progress in the competition."
Tickets for Sunday's FA Cup tie at Oxford United have sold out.
Fans are advised not to travel if they do not have tickets for the game.
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