Angel Rangel believes Jefferson Montero’s speed and trickery will be a major threat to opposition defences in the Barclays Premier League this coming season.
The Ecuadorian international impressed on his home debut against Villarreal on Saturday, despite the Swans suffering a 3-0 defeat to the Spanish side.
In Swansea’s final pre-season fixture ahead of next weekend’s season opener against Manchester United, goals from Ikechukwu Uche, Bruno Soriano and Denis Cherychev handed defeat to Garry Monk’s side.
But in what was a disappointing afternoon for the Swans, Montero provided a bright spark down the left flank.
And having had to mark the speedy winger in training, Rangel warns there is plenty more to come from the 24-year-old.
“He showed some good flashes of his ability today,” said the Spanish right back. “He offers a lot of speed down the side, he can play with both feet and he can run at defenders.
“You can see in training and in games that you have to try and double up when dealing with Jefferson because one-against-one he is quicker than anyone else.
“You need an extra defender to cover for you. In training, because I play on the right and he plays on the left, I can see what he’s capable of.
“Hopefully he can carry on and show that confidence in one versus one situations in the Premier League.”
Meanwhile, Rangel is focusing on the positives from Swansea’s defeat to Villarreal ahead of next weekend’s Premier League curtain raiser.
He added: “It’s disappointing to lose the game – a game against a top team in front of our fans – but it was preparation for next week, so it’s time to focus on that now.
“The positive thing is that some players got 90 minutes under their belt, which is good, looking towards next week.
“Manchester United are a top team. With a new manager, they will be very motivated, so it’s going to be a tough game.
“But we will go into the game feeling confident. When you go to Old Trafford, you know it’s never going to be easy, but we will be giving it our best.”