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Jordi Amat ready for midfield duty as Swansea City count heads for Tottenham Hotspur

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

Swansea City’s Jordi Amat.

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JORDI Amat has declared himself ready for more emergency midfield duty this weekend after being thrown in at the deep end at Manchester United.

Centre-back Amat had never operated as a midfielder in his life until Jose Canas got injured early on at Old Trafford last Saturday.

With Jonathan de Guzman already out — as well as wide players Nathan Dyer, Pablo Hernandez and Roland Lamah — Michael Laudrup was forced to push Amat forward from central defence to play alongside Leon Britton.

And with no sign of Ki Sung-Yueng being recalled from his loan spell at Sunderland, Amat may have to fill in again when Spurs visit this Sunday unless some of Laudrup’s injured players return.

If he does get the nod, the 21-year-old will be left trying to learn a new position against another high-end Premier League side.

But he says: “The manager has to make the decisions. If he wants me to play centre-back then no problem, but if he says play in midfield, I say okay.

“Manchester United was the first time I had played in this position, but I felt okay with the help of the rest of the players.

“I never played there even when I was growing up. I played there maybe twice in training, but this was the first game.

“And even though it is different, I felt okay. For the first ten minutes I ran a lot – I said to every player ‘Come on help me!’. But I think I got better in the second half.”

Swansea are still waiting for news on how long Canas will be missing, but the minimum lay-off is likely to be around two weeks.

He became the ninth player in the treatment room, though Swansea are hopeful that some of the walking wounded may be back in time for Spurs.

“We have a lot of injuries,” Amat concedes.

“This is a problem, but we know we have a lot of good players in the squad.

“We have players who are looking forward to playing in the first team.

“Last year there were not many injuries I don’t think, but this year there have been a few. It’s complicated but we know everyone is ready.”

As the dust settles on defeat at United, Amat points out that to register successive away victories at the Theatre of Dreams was always likely to be a big ask.

Now the focus switches to Tottenham, a club who have not been in United’s class in recent years but who are three points clear of them in the table right now.

Spurs have had their troubles this season, with Andre Villas-Boas axed in favour of Tim Sherwood, but Swansea have taken only one point off the North London club in five meetings since promotion to the Premier League.

“It is another difficult game, but we can do it,” reckons Amat.

“We are at home with our fans behind us, and we have a week to rest, recuperate and to learn from the little things that happened last weekend.”

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  • hacker_jack  |  January 15 2014, 9:31AM

    Like I said, a calculated risk. Weigh up playing a couple of games with Amat (or Lucas, Richards) in midfield against all the others. The Only thing that really adds up to a convincing argument for me is him benefiting another team.

  • TipOff  |  January 14 2014, 11:46PM

    "He's not acting strange." Most people would agree playing a defender out of position when Ki has proven to be a solid midfilder is bad, as is aiding the competion with a player who is getting them points when Swansea are in a relegation battle. "If we recall Ki we lose any loan fee that has been agreed," Penuts compared to what we would lose if we drop out of the PL, and peanuts compared to the money swansea are making. "plus increase the wages and he'll be sat back on the bench again in all likelihood after a couple of games as we won't be able to loan him out again. It's a calculated risk yes but it's not an illogical one." Wages are nonsense, considering he's directly benefitting a rival it makes perfect sense to bring him back, especially when we are only half way through the season and already playing people out of position when we have a 5.5 million pound player out on loan who did nothing much wrong when he was here and has proven his worth by doing well for SL.

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  • hacker_jack  |  January 14 2014, 3:10PM

    He's not acting strange. If we recall Ki we lose any loan fee that has been agreed, plus increase the wages and he'll be sat back on the bench again in all likelihood after a couple of games as we won't be able to loan him out again. It's a calculated risk yes but it's not an illogical one.

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  • TipOff  |  January 14 2014, 11:28AM

    Amazing, we have a perfectly decent 5.5 million pound midfielder at Sunderland. Does anyone know the real reason why Laudrup is acting so strange over Ki? He's putting out some unconvincing logic out there about why he should stay which is quite unusual for someone who generally makes a lot of sense.

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  • swanseaola  |  January 14 2014, 9:09AM

    You did ok Jordi.

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