Monk Happy With Spanish Revolution

Tuesday, 10 June 2008, 8:11
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Alberto Serran is the latest name that looks certain to add to the revolution after goal.com said the defender was on his way after the first links between him and Swansea were revealed last week.

And with a couple of Dutchmen and two Trinidadian internationals it really is turning into an international feast at the Liberty these days but that is not something that bothers captain Garry Monk – hot off him signing his own new deal to stay at the club last weekend.

Monk has committed to a two year stay at the Liberty and will lead the side into the Championship next season with a new host of faces available to play along side him in defence including the seemingly imminent arrival of Serran.

Speaking in today's Western Mail, the Swansea captain said "That’s the way Roberto has liked to do things and with his experience and knowledge of the game abroad it makes perfect sense,” said Monk, who will be the Swans’ skipper for their Championship comeback.

“He obviously feels the prices can be a bit high for certain players in Britain, but when he knows the Spanish game inside out, he feels that’s the way forward for us.

“And he’s shown with his track record that you can place a lot of faith in that.

“A lot can be made of having too many foreigners in the team, but it’s never been a problem for us. The players have come in and done a job for the club and been of a very good quality.

“There’s probably a bit more pressure on the lads coming over this season because there won’t be as much time to settle into the game here as there was in League One,” said Monk, who will enter his fifth season with the club in August.

“But Roberto has shown everyone how shrewd he is and he wouldn’t have been interested in these players if he didn’t think they could fit straight into the team and improve us.

“The fact remains that it doesn’t matter where the players come from, if they can do that then that’s all that matters.

“You hear the same old things about how foreign players don’t like it in the wet and the winter, but that was never a problem for us last year – no-one could afford to think like that because of the fight for places and the manager showing he was never afraid to throw someone in.

“None of them have come here for an easy life or for a pay packet.

“Like all of us next season, they want to prove a point and they want to succeed.

“But there is already quality through the side and adding to that is only good for us going into the new season.”

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