Today's media round up

6th February 2013

With both Garry Monk and Leon Britton signing new deals this week, the Swans are making all the headlines as they look to keep hold of their stars. Tonight though sees the international fixtures back, with Wales playing at the Liberty. The Captain of Wales and Swansea's own Ashley Williams has been hailed by Chris Coleman as the best defender in Britain, as Wales Online builds up the game. Ash himself speaks to the South Wales Evening Post and believes he is in the best form of his career, whilst on-loan full back Curtis Obeng spoke to the Press after his first appearance for York City.

Wales Online:

Wales boss Chris Coleman hails Swansea City star Ashley Williams

Chris Coleman believes the Wales captaincy has brought the best out of Ashley Williams and declared there is not a finer defender in Britain.
The Welsh boss delivered his glowing tribute to the Swansea City rock as he named his squad for next week's friendly international with Austria.
Coleman is adamant his controversial decision to make Williams his skipper ahead of Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has been fully vindicated by the way the Swans man has led his team to Wembley.

"The way Ash has been playing, I say unhesitatingly there is not a better centre-half in the Premier League," declared Coleman.
"His form has been better than that of anybody and maybe getting the Welsh captaincy proved to be an unexpected boost for Ash."

He continued: "People look at Ash and think 'Oh he only plays for Swansea City, not Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal' so they think he can't be that good.
"But there is nobody, and I do mean nobody, playing better in his position right at this moment.
"I don't just say that because Ash is captain of Wales, I say it because it is true. On top of his general play, he is also displaying terrific leadership skills with Swansea which he has also already brought into the camp with us."

South Wales Evening Post:

Captain Ash believes he's in best form of his career

Ashley Williams believes he will lead Wales out against Austria at the Liberty tonight (7.45) in the best form of his career.

The Swansea City defender skippers a side boasting all of their big guns for an international friendly.
For Williams, it is a break from a Premier League campaign that has being going well both on a personal and club note.
Despite last Saturday's defeat to West Ham, Swansea are in upbeat mood. They are sitting comfortably in the top half of the table and have a Capital One Cup final against Bradford to look forward to.

"I think I probably am in the best form of my career, but you will have to ask someone else about that," said Williams. "It is always nice to hear people say nice things about you and stuff. I'm not sure about that myself, but I think I have been playing well and a lot of people have been talking and saying good things.
"It just means I'm probably doing my job right and I'll try to keep working hard.
"At the time it was nice to get the captaincy when I was going through that little bit of a rocky spell.
"For the gaffer to still have the confidence in giving me the armband was nice and we haven't had a Wales game for a while, so I think I just tried to concentrate on my form for Swansea."

Curtis Obeng up to mission of feel good City

On-loan full-back Curtis Obeng knew he was coming to a "good club" when he arrived at York City from Premier League Swansea City.
Obeng was no stranger to the Minstermen's potential, having won only one of his six meetings against his new club when he was a Wrexham player.
One of those matches saw City romp to a 3-0 win at the Racecourse Ground last season and that memory was fresh in Obeng's mind when the chance arose to come to Bootham Crescent on loan.

"I knew York were a good team and that the set-up is good," said Obeng, who made his debut in Saturday's 4-1 home defeat by Morecambe.
"From what I'd seen before, everyone knew their jobs and the team was disciplined and hard to break down.
"Unfortunately, that wasn't the case on Saturday and the game got away from us late on.
"You always want to try and go to a good club and, even though the club are where they are in the table, that can easily change and there are a lot of good players, a good manager and good staff here."