Roque Mesa is perfect fit for Swans, says Clement

6th July 2017
First team

Paul Clement reckons new recruit Roque Mesa is the perfect fit for Swansea City.

Roque Mesa has become the third most expensive Swans signing in history after completing an £11million move from Las Palmas.

And Clement is confident that will prove to be money well spent.

The Swans beat off competition from a number of clubs to secure Roque Mesa’s signature.

And Clement said: “Roque is a very technical player who suits Swansea City – he is the type of player we are looking to bring to the club.

“He has a reputation for being really good in possession of the ball. He showed that at Las Palmas.

“He has caught the eye of a lot of clubs around Europe because of that ability he has, and we are very pleased that we have managed to secure the services of a really good football player.

“It says something about the way I want us to play football and also about the tradition this club has.

“The club have tried to recruit players who first and foremost have good technical ability. He definitely fits that profile.”

Roque Mesa has signed a four-year deal in SA1 after saying farewell to Las Palmas, the Gran Canaria club where he made his name.

The 28-year-old spent time as a youngster with Levante before returning to his native Canary Islands.

He spent time with Huracan and Tenerife B before joining Las Palmas, where he played for the B side before establishing himself as a star of the first team.

Roque Mesa was part of the Las Palmas side who won promotion to La Liga in 2015, and he has helped them remain in the top flight over the last two campaigns.

“He has been instrumental at the heart of the Las Palmas midfield,” Clement added.

“He can play in a number of positions. He is very effective in the central midfield position but he can also play on the right or the left of a midfield three.

“We are really looking forward to getting going with him. He will be on the pitch with us on Monday and we are pleased to have him here.”

Roque Mesa’s English is limited, but the new man has pledged to learn the language as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, Clement’s ability to speak some Spanish will help the Swans’ newest recruit settle in.

Roque Mesa is the second player to clinch a move to the Liberty this week following Tammy Abraham’s season-long loan switch from Chelsea.

And Clement believes the Swans have done some impressive business.

“I think it is another feather in our cap that we have been able to bring Roque in,” he said.

“I have said before that we are not trying to make too many changes this summer.

“The players who come in have to improve us and strengthen us.

“I think with the signings we have made, we have been able to do that.”