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LEIGHTON JAMES COLUMN: Swansea City must make Premier League the priority

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

Leighton James says Swansea City boss Garry Monk made the right selection call against Everton in the FA Cup.

Leighton James says Swansea City boss Garry Monk made the right selection call against Everton in the FA Cup.

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BOWING out of the FA Cup at Everton last Sunday was hugely disappointing — but I think Garry Monk made the right choice in resting players.

No-one is a bigger fan of this competition than me because I understand its history and tradition.

In a perfect world, Swansea would have been able to head to Goodison Park fully loaded.

But the reality is that Premier League survival is at stake and that has to take priority.

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And, though Garry made eight changes to the side that had drawn at Stoke four days earlier, the players who came in did well.

One of those was Neil Taylor, who was desperately unlucky that his back-pass led to Everton's second goal.

Yes, it was a mistake, but those things happen in football and not all are so costly.

On another occasion Steven Naismith might have put the ball wide or Gerhard Tremmel could have blocked the effort.

It was a shame for that to happen to Neil because he had a good game otherwise.

As a top-class player, he must be getting frustrated by how few games he is playing at the moment.

Good — because if there is any member of Monk's squad who is content with sitting on the sidelines, I'd kick him out of the club immediately.

There has been talk of Neil moving on, possibly to Fulham, but I think Swansea should do all they can to cling on to him.

Swansea need quality in depth and Neil provides exactly that.

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