Rangel's praise for Paloschi
3rd February 2016
Angel Rangel felt Alberto Paloschi made an instant impression on his Swans debut in the 1-1 draw at West Brom.
The Italian, signed from Chievo last week, came off the bench in first-half stoppage time for the injured Ki Sung-Yueng, who was carried off following a clash of heads with Stephane Sessegnon which left him slightly concussed.
Paloschi went close to marking his debut with a goal inside two minutes as he latched onto Wayne Routledge's through ball before being denied by a fine Ben Foster save.
The striker then played a part in Gylfi Sigurdsson's goal as the Icelandic international tucked home his sixth goal of the season in the 64th minute.
Paloschi went within inches of doubling the lead and opening his Swans account later on but his close-range effort struck the post.
The Swans were to be denied three crucial points courtesy of Salomon Rondon's last-gasp equaliser for the Baggies.
But Rangel was full of praise for the 26-year-old, who has reunited with Francesco Guidolin after playing under the experienced head coach while at Parma.
"I thought he settled in very well," said Rangel. "He held the ball well and linked up with Gylfi and the players around him.
"He almost scored straight away while later on he hit the post.
"For his first game, against a physical side, I thought he did very well.
"Alberto showed a lot of potential. He looks an exciting player."
Despite conceding late on to see three points turn into one, Rangel remained in positive mood.
Guidolin's side have picked up seven points from the last three games following victories over Watford and Everton along with the stalemate with the Baggies.
And the Spanish right-back wants that form to continue when the Swans take in back-to-back home games with Crystal Palace and Southampton.
"It was a big disappointment to have conceded so late on," added Rangel.
"Both sides had their chances in the first half, but when we took the lead we felt we could get another.
"We went close - hitting the post - and then they scored from another delivery into the box. That is what they are best at, and we had dealt very well with that threat until the last few moments.
"But we will remain positive because we are playing well and picking up points.
"We have two home games to come and it is important we give the fans a big boost at the Liberty with six points."