Wide men will be key for Swansea
Former Swansea City favourite Brian Flynn believes Norwich City should beware their wide men as the Championship’s automatic promotion challengers prepare to go head to head this weekend.
The second placed Canaries travel to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday for a mouth-watering clash with the fourth-placed Swans, with most of the pressure on the hosts to get a win that would get their top two dream back on track.
Norwich’s form on the road this season is better than anyone’s – but with Swansea having lost just three times on their own turf, conceding a miserly nine goals, the Canaries will need to be on their game in front of the Sky cameras.
And Flynn has warned the visitors just where the biggest threats will lie.
“Swansea have two exciting wide players who are a big threat for them,” said Flynn. “Scott Sinclair has obviously taken a lot of the headlines and rightly so given all the goals he has scored.
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“The one he scored against Nottingham Forest was fantastic and he is a massive threat, but I think it’s important to recognise Swansea have two really good full-backs behind the wingers.
“They can do the same sort of things as Sinclair and Nathan Dyer going forward, so Swansea have a double threat on both sides.
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“Some of the teams they face cannot handle that.”
Impressive right-back Angel Rangel – who saw Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Preston from the bench after picking up a sickness bug – is expected to return for the Canaries’ visit, while left-back Neil Taylor – who stepped up from Conference football with Wrexham in the summer – has settled into Championship life seamlessly.
“If Norwich play three in midfield to combat Swansea, the danger areas are the wide positions,” Flynn told the South Wales Evening Post. “Both full-backs are very quick and they are good going forward and teams find it hard to cope.”