Stats suggest Jefferson Montero can help Swansea fill creative void

Swansea City are without Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ki Sung-yueng, but Jefferson Montero could be the man to help cover their absence.

Swansea City have been without a number of key men in recent weeks, and are set to see another spend time on the sidelines.

Creative influence Ki Sung-yueng has been away at the Asian Cup with South Korea and, should he make the final of that tournament, will not be back in contention at the Liberty Stadium until February 7.

His absence has been keenly felt, with the Swans all about getting players on the ball and picking opponents apart.

Their leading light in that department has been Gylfi Sigurdsson, but he too is set for an enforced absence from domestic competition.

A red card picked up during an FA Cup clash with Blackburn Rovers means the Icelandic playmaker must serve a three-match ban.

Garry Monk, as reported by Wales Online, has called on others to step up their game as he tries to plug the gaps, and the return of Jefferson Montero from injury could not be timelier.

  Goal AssistTotal Att AssistBig Chance CreatedAppearancesMins Played
Gylfi Sigurdsson 8 54 11 21 1,766
Jefferson Montero 3 14 3 17 875
Nathan Dyer 2 12 1 19 1,175
Ki Sung-yueng 1 16 0 20 1,728
Wayne Routledge 1 19 4 20 1,607
Jonjo Shelvey 1 9 0 16 1,185
Leon Britton 0 1 0 7 455
Tom Carroll 0 4 1 11 541

As the Opta statistics above help to highlight, Montero has shown himself to be a capable operator in the Premier League.

He was acquired last summer on the back of an impressive showing at the World Cup finals with Ecuador.

The 25-year-old arrived with a reputation as a tricky winger who is capable of chipping in with the odd goal and has shown that he can be a useful provider of chances if given a run of games.

He has been eased into English football by Monk and has spent time on the treatment table, but it could be that the absence of important colleagues allows him to shine under the brightest of spotlights.

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