07:00 17th December 2013
. . . Swans switch has proved just "perfect" for Jordi
Jordi Amat revealed he feels like a “new player” after six months at Swansea City.
The Spanish centre-back made the switch from La Liga club Espanyol in June after the Swans paid £2.5million for his services.
Now, with 14 appearances under his belt already, the Spanish Under-21 international feels he has become a more all-round defender thanks to the coaching staff and his team-mates at the Liberty.
“Playing in the Premier League and also the Europa League has been a dream for me,” said the 21-year-old.
“I’ve learned so much not only in the games but on the training pitch too. Watching Ashley Williams and Chico Flores is an education for me, and also listening to the advice of the coaches too has really helped me.
“Playing against the different styles and tactics of opposition players and teams in the Premier League and on the continent has been massive in my development here.
“For me, being at Swansea City has been perfect. I am really enjoying my time here, I’m learning and I’m also playing in a good amount of games.”
Amat started in Thursday night’s Europa League defeat to St Gallen, which saw the Swans qualify for the last 32 despite their loss in Switzerland, and he then partnered Williams in the heart of defence in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Norwich City.
The Spaniard put in an impressive performance against the Canaries as the Swans moved onto the 20-point mark after 16 games.
And he's now hoping to play a big role over a busy Christmas period.
"It's great to have played an important part in the side recently," he added. "It does allow you to get into a rhythm and build some momentum in terms of match sharpness.
"When you get the opportunity to play, you just have to aim to do exactly what your manager asks of you and do your best for the team.
"Being part of this team is very enjoyable for me. The style is perfect and I think I am improving with every game I play.
"Every player, particularly over Christmas, has to be ready because it's a busy time for us with a lot of games, so everyone will be needed to help the team."