Swansea City recently completed the transfer of Jefferson Montero for a reported £4million.
The Ecuador international became the Swans’ fifth senior signing of the summer. And having impressed at the World Cup, it seems Garry Monk could have bagged a bargain.
In the latest in our series on the numbers behind a player’s career to date, we take a closer look at Swansea’s newest arrival.
161 – The number of club appearances Montero has made to date. He has played 65 times for Monarcas Morelia, 33 times for Real Betis Balompie, 32 times for Villarreal B, 20 times for Villarreal and 11 times for Levante.
27 – The number of goals the player has scored in his club career. He found the net 14 times for Monarcas Morelia, once for Real Betis Balompie, 10 times for Villarreal B and twice for their first team.
18 – The number of assists in Montero’s club career. His most effective spell was at Monarcas Morelia, where he set up 12 goals.
0 – The number of times Swansea’s new signing has been sent off in his club career. His excellent disciplinary record will bode well as he begins his time in the Premier League.
20 – The number of yellow cards he has collected in his club career. That impressive disciplinary record stretches to bookings, where he averages a caution once every eight matches.
43 – The number of times he has been capped by his country. Montero made his debut for Ecuador in 2007 and since that time he has scored eight goals for his country.
Verdict – Montero impressed at the World Cup and has the potential to be a big success with Swansea. At 24, he is of the age where he is experienced enough to cope with a change of scene but young enough to improve further.
He is likely to excite Swans fans with his style of play and work ethic and he could go down as a very astute piece of business; something the Welsh side are enjoying on a fairly regular basis.
All stats courtesy of transfermarkt.com