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Leighton James column: Play Leon Britton and Jose Canas together for Swansea City

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 24, 2013

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LEON Britton has proved again exactly how important he is to Swansea City.

Not that we really needed reminding.

I thought Leon was Swansea's best player against Sunderland last weekend when he showcased his full range of talents.

He was always there to intercept danger, kept the team ticking over with rhythmic passing and even got forward to win a penalty.

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Although Michael Laudrup has adopted an even greater policy of squad rotation this season, I think there's little doubt that Leon would make Swansea's strongest XI.

In fact, he'd be one of the first names on the team sheet.

But that does not mean I follow the logic that Jose Canas should be restricted to an understudy role.

Many fans seem to think it's one or the other as far as Leon and Jose are concerned.

They reckon that as two holding midfielders, they can't start together.

Well, I don't agree.

I'd like to see the pair of them anchoring Swansea's play from just in front of the back four.

It seems to me that having two more defensively-minded players in midfield creates a perfect balance if you are going to include Michu, who is essentially a forward, in the engine room.

Starting with the pair provides a solid base behind the newly-capped Spanish international, providing him with less defensive responsibility and greater freedom to attack.

I'm convinced Canas will go on to prove what a quality player he is given time to adapt to the British game.

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Swansea were generally poor in the opening 45 minutes last Saturday against a truly woeful Sunderland team, who failed to perform despite the arrival of a new manager at the Stadium of Light.

Thankfully Laudrup's men turned things around after the break to score four unanswered goals.

But I think it's important not to get carried away by that result.

I'd go as far as to say, if Gus Poyet keeps Sunderland up it will be the greatest miracle in Premier League history.

They were dire.

It's been a long time since I've seen a performance so completely inept and lacking in spirit.

I didn't think I'd see a worse top-flight side at the Liberty than the Queens Park Rangers team who turned up last season, but I was wrong.

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  • brochadav  |  October 24 2013, 1:56PM

    Thing is Leighton, we tried that and it didn't work, Leon wanders around, goes where the danger is. Canas does too. With the both in the side we saw spaces open up as Canas AND Leon gravitated towards the ball. They got in each others way. They both do the same job, and as we've seen, we don't need them both to be a winning side. Besides, when deciding who to listen to, I think I'll take Laudrup's opinion over Leighton's every time! He was a better player and is undoubtedly a better manager.

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