Date:Thursday November 17 2011
Former England international and Spurs winger Chris Waddle has praised Swansea City's style of play ahead of Saturday's game against Manchester United.
Waddle, as a former winger himself, has picked out Swansea's wing threat in particular and says they have enough quality to hurt Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
Waddle says he enjoys watching the Swans play, an attractive passing style which gives people 'value for money'.
'Wingers with pace will always be a huge asset in football and Swansea are blessed with them,"
"They are a throwback to an era when every side had two quick wingers. It used to be that sides would have short, fast, wingers but they are a dying bread now. It`s not easy to find players who can go past defenders and score goals or create chances for others.
"Sinclair`s direct with great pace and he loves to go to past people. He is a right-footed player on the left wing so he can cut inside on to his stronger foot but he isn`t afraid to use his left foot and has the quality to do it.
"The number of goals he scored last season speaks for itself and he has made the step up to the top flight.
"Dyer is a bit different, more tricky than Sinclair but with the same electric pace and a real crowd-pleaser.
"Then they`ve got the likes of Wayne Routledge who can come off the bench and is a similar sort of player.
"United have some great wingers, Giggs if he plays wide, Nani, (Antonio) Valencia, (Ashley) Young, and we can expect a real exhibition when they all get together on Saturday.
"I`m sure the Swansea supporters will be looking forward to it."
Waddle continued his praise for the Swans:
"I love to watch teams like Swansea because they play the game how I like to see it played.
"People want to watch teams that excite, score goals and have players who are free to express themselves on the pitch.
"You certainly get value for money when you watch Swansea, they get the ball down, have great movement and it`s a style of football supporters want to watch.
"Swansea have enough in their locker to hurt teams, including Manchester United."
Waddle also talked about Martinez, the former Swansea manager who started the attractive brand of football at the club, which Rodgers has now continued and improved on.
"Martinez brought Swansea to everyone`s attention," continued Waddle, who also won three French league titles with Olympic Marseilles.
"People remembered them for going up and down the divisions in the early 80s but they had been struggling for a few years.
"All of a sudden people were saying, 'Have you seen how Swansea play?` And they were getting a lot of publicity.
"He brought some Spanish lads in and all of a sudden people were talking about Swansea`s style of football.
"I`m all for it and it`s how we should be showing children to play football. I love to see the goalkeeper passing the ball out instead of just kicking it long.
"It`s won Swansea a lot of admirers, just as it did Blackpool last season.
"Brendan Rodgers has carried on the good work started by Martinez and now taken Swansea to the next level.
"There is a group of young managers trying to change the game and the way it is being played over here and Brendan Rodgers is definitely among that. He has his system and he is going to stick to that."
Date:Thursday November 17 2011
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