. . . competition for places vital in Swans' season
Jonathan de Guzman believes strong competition for places will help Swansea City progress once again this season.
The Dutch midfielder is one of nine signings made by new boss Michael Laudrup since the Great Dane’s arrival this summer.
Having joined his former Mallorca boss after agreeing a loan move from Villarreal, de Guzman has played a key role in the Swans’ pleasing start to the Premier League campaign.
The likes of Ki Sung-Yueng and club record signing Pablo Hernandez have also made permanent switches to the Liberty as Laudrup looks to take the club forward.
And de Guzman feels the level of competition for places within the team will play a big part in ensuring the Swans reach their goals.
“When you look at this squad you see at least two players pushing for every single position, and that is very healthy,” said de Guzman.
“Look at the left-back situation, for example. Tayls unfortunately has an injury that rules him out for the season – he is a very important player for us, but we have Ben Davies who can come in and do a very good job.
“What I see in this group of players is that everyone is working in the same direction, wanting to push each other on.
“It’s not a case of just doing it for themselves. We have a good group here, everyone gets along, and we’re all working hard for the same reason – to help the club succeed.
“That’s a great environment to have, and I’m sure that will play a big part in helping us push forward this season.”