Former Swansea star Leighton James has backed Tottenham Hotspur loanee Tom Carroll to be a success at the Welsh club.
Carroll is staring at the possibility of starting this weekend’s Premier League game against Stoke due to Jonjo Shelvey being suspended and Leon Britton being injured.
However, James isn’t worried about the physicality of Stoke and has suggested Carroll can have a similar impact to former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, who has excelled since moving to the Liberty Stadium.
“It will be a big test for him, but I am excited to see how he gets on,” writes James for the South Wales Evening Post.
“He should be really revved up for the game, because it presents him with a chance to try to establish himself in the Swansea team.”
“He is relatively untested in the Premier League, but you are not at a club like Spurs for as long he has been if you do not have talent. To me, Carroll's situation is a bit like what we have seen with Lukasz Fabianski.”
One of the main things that Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for with any player on loan away from Tottenham Hotspur, is for that player to give him a real headache with the nature of his performances.
Carroll is not a big player and Stoke will look to try and bully him off the ball to prevent him from having an influence on the game.
However, where he can be effective is through playing sensible and no nonsense midfield football; passing well, protecting possession and finding space if Stoke start to target him physically.
Fabianksi obviously plays in a completely different position but he arrived under similar circumstances, although his departure from Arsenal was permanent as opposed to a loan move.
Carroll has a point to prove to those starting to doubt whether he’s ever going to make it in a Tottenham shirt but James hits the nail on the head; had Spurs not really believed in him, they would have moved him on long ago.