Swans skipper is a Fab leader, says Lukasz

24th September

Lukasz Fabianski has labelled Ashley Williams as "a real leader" ahead of the Swans' trip to Southampton.

The Swans won 1-0 at St Mary's last season, with Williams making a superb double-block to deny the Saints after Jonjo Shelvey's stunning strike had given the visitors the lead.

Both Fabianski and Williams were among a number of players to be rested for the midweek Capital One Cup exit at Hull City, with Garry Monk opting to hand game-time to the rest of his squad.

But they hope to feature against the Saints on the South Coast as the Swans look to follow up on the point they gained in the previous league outing against Everton.

And Fabianski was full of praise for the Swans skipper. He told the South Wales Evening Post: "Putting aside all his football skills, what I really like about Ash is that he is a real captain, he is a real leader.

"He is a big character in the dressing room and the good thing about him is, whatever he says, people want to listen to him.

"There is something special about him apart from the football skills, which are on a high level as well.

"That's a perfect example of what the captain of your club and your country should be.

"It's Ash's responsibility, but I think he does it very well. I'm very happy I can play alongside him.

"He leads by example on the pitch. He always puts his body in difficult situations and is always there to support you."

The Swans take on a Saints team that thrashed MK Dons 6-0 in the cup on Wednesday night, though Ronald Koeman's side have only won once in the league so far.

And Fabianski is expecting a big test on Saturday.

He added: "It will be a tough away game against a really tough team, but we have shown already this season, and the one before, that we can compete against anyone - it doesn't matter if it's away from home.

"We are just a team who are tough to play against and I think we are well respected.

"Teams know it is hard to play against us, we play good football and we get results as well."