Lukasz Fabianski feels Alfie Mawson’s presence has been a real plus for the Swans – at both ends of the pitch.
The centre-back was instrumental in the Swans’ latest Premier League victory over Leicester City, with Mawson opening the scoring against the champions with a stunning volley.
It was the 23-year-old’s third goal in six games, but Fabianski has been equally as pleased with his work at the back.
“Alfie has been a real plus for us – his defending, his quality on the ball, his goals,” said the Polish keeper.
“He is a very important figure on the pitch. He’s a very good defender and is comfortable on the ball.
“It’s his first season in the Premier League but you can see he is improving with every single game.
“His goals have been very important for us – they all came in victories – but it his defending that has really pleased me.”
Fabianski celebrated not only three points but a much-anticipated clean sheet against Leicester City.
The 31-year-old kept his fourth shutout of the campaign - two months on from the most recent one against Sunderland.
And he has seen major improvements made defensively as the Swans continue their promising form under Paul Clement, which has seen them move four points clear of the relegation zone.
“We were very pleased with the result against Leicester, and a clean sheet was hugely satisfying for me too,” added Fabianski.
“We have clearly improved defensively. It was a bit of a struggle earlier in the season, but the gaffer has worked hard on tightening us up and making us compact - it is working.”
The Swans are without a game this weekend due to their early exit in the FA Cup, but return the following Saturday with a trip to leaders Chelsea.
Having created a gap between themselves and the drop zone, Fabianski insists the team are now focusing on climbing higher up the table.
“We have to look at what is happening above us,” he added.
“What we are trying to do is get closer to the teams higher in the table rather than look below us.
“I think that’s the best attitude to have. We are in a better position, but this can all change within one round of fixtures.