Swansea City manager Garry Monk has explained in the South Wales Evening Post why Nathan Dyer has been in and out of the first team.
Dyer wasn’t part of the squad which went to Tottenham Hotspur in the club’s last game, which has left Dyer facing a challenge to fight his way back into the setup.
“These are very difficult decisions for me to make,” said Monk.
“He has probably been a bit inconsistent, but he has still contributed fantastically to the team.”
“There are no problems whatsoever with him. He is one who does deserve to be in the matchday squads but unfortunately with the way things are sometimes, that isn't always possible.”
He’s limited in terms of what he can do to get back in the team, but he has to show motivation and a determination to succeed on the training pitch.
It would be easy for him to let his head drop and for him to fall back on the comfort of his contract, but Monk will want to see him fighting for a chance and trying everything to get back into the team.
The real challenge is how he’ll react when he is back in the side, because Monk feels he has an obvious problem in terms of consistency.
Three goals and two assists is a tally that Dyer won’t be happy with him and he could choose to set himself a little target before the end of the season.
Five goals and assists would be a good start and for him to hit that target, he’ll need to play well once he’s back in the team and that in turn takes care of any doubts over his position.