Steve Cooper | Guehi will add further quality

9th January 2020
First team
Marc Guehi

Steve Cooper believes Marc Guehi’s arrival at Swansea City will add further quality to his squad.

The centre-back became the Swans’ second loan signing within the space of 72 hours after he completed his move from Chelsea in a deal which sees him remain at the Liberty for the rest of the season.

Guehi, primarily a centre-back who can play anywhere in defence, trained with his new team-mates on Thursday as the formalities of his move were completed.

He joins former England Under-17s and Chelsea youth team-mate Rhian Brewster - who joined on loan from Liverpool on Tuesday - in SA1.

He is well known to the Swans boss, with Guehi captaining Cooper’s England Under-17s side to the 2017 European Championships final before playing a starring role in their World Cup success a few months later.

And Cooper was delighted with the Swans’ latest capture ahead of Sunday’s derby clash with Cardiff City.


Marc Guehi

“Marc is a good player and will be a positive addition to the squad,” said Cooper. “He’s come through a hugely successful academy at Chelsea.

“He’s athletic, but he can play comfortably with the ball. He is used to having the demands put on him to get the ball from the goalkeeper and start attacks.

“Defensively he is good and that’s obviously an important feature in senior football. In this league you come up against all sorts of sizes, and you have to handle it.

“We only want to bring in players who can add to our culture here and be part of the greater good of the football club.

“He’s had his first day of training and has settled in well with the squad already. We are looking forward to working with him.”

Steve Cooper

Having handed Geuhi the captaincy for England’s Euro adventure two years ago, Cooper believes his maturity and leadership qualities could also benefit the Swans.

Cooper added: “He is definitely older than his age. He’s similar to Ben Wilmot in that respect.

“Marc is a calming influence and when he’s a lot older he will be a real leader and captain.

“That is what we want to bring here. We are a demanding and progressive group, and we will only bring in players that can enhance that.”