Russell Martin | Wolf unleashing beast mode with fine form

12th April
First team
Hannes Wolf Derby

Russell Martin believes Swansea City’s Wolf is unleashing his beast mode after a series of fine performances from loan signing Hannes.

The attacking midfielder joined the Swans from Borussia Monchengladbach in January, looking to get game time under his belt and rediscover his best form after injuries.

He has certainly hit those targets having nailed down a regular spot at wing-back, and he has recorded a goal and two assists in his last three appearances.

The most recent of those came via a clever and perfectly-weighted cross that allowed Joel Piroe to fire the Swans into the lead against Derby County at the weekend.

And the Austrian has offered a consistent and persistent threat on the left flank during Swansea’s best run of results this term.

“He was a beast,” said head coach Martin in assessing Wolf’s display against the Rams.

“I singled him out in the dressing room – I don’t often do that because it’s all about the team – but I thought he was excellent.

“He was awesome and outstanding physically and athletically against a tricky opponent.

“He was a threat going forward but the amount of work he did defensively for the team was just incredible.

Derby home Hannes Wolf

“I think he’s enjoying his football again. He’s enjoying being here and the fans have taken to him brilliantly, so have the players.

“He’s really hardworking and serious about his profession. We’ve really enjoyed having him here.

“He came here to try and kick start and get going again after a tough period with injuries and he’s just got better and better and better. Hopefully he can continue that until the end of the season.

“He’s really comfortable in both roles – he was brought in to play inside the pitch. Obviously we were without a left-back at one point and he’s stepped in and done it brilliantly.

“It’s not a position he’s enjoyed playing before but he’s loved it here and we’ve had chats about that.

“He played inside against Millwall on Tuesday and I thought he played really well. Against Derby, he was great so hopefully whichever position he plays, he’s happy and he’s enjoying it and he can keep up that form until the end of the season.”