Wayne Routledge has been one of the most consistent performers at Swansea this season but he has often slipped under the radar, as the attention has fallen onto others.
He occupies a vital role in the Swansea team which supports the attack of the side and provides other attacking players with an outlet as a wide player.
He is often involved in every single attack so when the ball is being played through the middle, Michu, Danny Graham or another forward has the option of slipping the ball out wide to him before darting into the middle of the penalty area.
He enables a classic formation and basic tactics which give Swansea a better chance of maintaining the ball, as they normally do, and building pressure on the opposition.
Routledge is now tied into the club until 2016 and he seems to have settled after he was traded around to various clubs during the early part of his career.
The 28-year-old has emerged as one of the first names on the team sheet, taking up a wide position which Michael Laudrup doesn’t seem to have to think about.
This is extremely positive because many fans and insiders at Swansea, may have been worried about how the club would cope after selling Scott Sinclair to Manchester City.
The news also provides the club with a little bit of security moving forward. Routledge has proven himself to be a consistent player this season and someone that bigger sides will look at if he keeps it up.
The fact his new deal takes him through to 2016 means that Swansea can justify a big fee for the player if a larger club comes in and Routledge is ultimately tempted by a move away.
This would mean a good bit of business for Swansea and they would be getting decent value for one of their best players in recent times.
However, it doesn’t seem as though Routledge is the sort of player who is going to jump ship. He seems very settled at the club and his decision to sign on could be an indication that he believes Swansea is somewhere he can play European football in the close future.
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