Potter praises "unique" Montero

17th January 2019
First team

Swansea City boss Graham Potter has praised the "unique" talents of Jefferson Montero as the winger prepares to face a Sheffield United side he starred against earlier in the campaign.

Montero produced a match-turning cameo at Bramall Lane in August, helping the Swans come from a goal down to claim all three points on the opening day of the season thanks to goals from Oli McBurnie and Yan Dhanda.

The Ecuador international has gone on to make an impact from the bench on several occasions, particularly in another fightback victory at Millwall, and will hope to get the chance to take on Chris Wilder's United side at the Liberty Stadium this weekend.

The jet-heeled wide man has yet to start this season due to a mixture of injury and competition for places on the flanks.

But manager Potter had no shortage of praise for the former Villarreal man, who spent last season on loan at Getafe and Emelec, and says his chance will come if he continues to work hard.

"His one-off actions can be incredible. We see it every day in training," said Potter. 

"He’s a unique player, I probably haven’t experienced anybody quite like him before which is really interesting for a coach to work with. 

"He’s a really good lad. He's good for the team, you can see that in his performances.

"But we haven’t had the opportunity so far to use him from the start regularly, for different reasons. I wouldn't say it's frustrating. It’s part of the challenge. He got knocked back with his injury but since then he's been fine.

"Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer have come in and added competition in that area, Bersant Celina can play there, and so can Barrie (McKay) so we’ve got options. It's just for him to keep working because things can change quickly in football."