Friday 21 October 2016

Williams backs Monk to equal Swans' best Premier season

Swansea skipper Ashley Williams believes Garry Monk's recruitment policy and tactical know-how is responsible for the club matching its best-ever Premier League points tally with six games to go.

Rookie manager Monk was under the microscope at the start of the season with many pundits even suggesting Swansea would struggle by putting their 36-year-old former captain in charge.

But Swansea's 1-1 home draw with Everton on Saturday took them to the 47-point mark achieved by Brendan Rodgers' side in the club's inaugural Premier League three seasons ago.

"I think anyone that watches us regularly will say this is the best team and squad we've had, certainly since I've been here," said central defender Williams, a linchpin of Swansea sides under Rodgers and Monk.

"The quality throughout the squad is good because the gaffer has done a good job in January and the summer to bring in players. "The all-round quality and the way we work in training, the shape we work on, is better.

"We can play different formations and we've got very intelligent players in the team.

"The main thing is the structure of the staff set-up and the players."

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