Swansea City more 'streetwise', says Neil Taylor

The Wales international left-back also believes this is the strongest and most tight-knit squad the Swans have ever had.

Swansea City full-back Neil Taylor has told the club’s official website that the current Swans squad is more ‘streetwise’ than ever before.

The club’s 3-2 victory over Newcastle United last time out saw them set a new Premier League points record, currently three better than the tally they achieved in the 2011-12 season.

Taylor has been an ever-present in that side after fellow defender Ben Davies moved to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, and he says the side have developed their game in order to be more competitive in the top-flight.

“I think it’s the most streetwise team we’ve had,” he said.

“We’ve developed our game and shown we can win in different ways to get results. For example, we’ve shown we can pick up draws from losing positions, we’ve shown we can come from behind to win games, and when we’re ahead, we can keep a lead.”

It has been an impressive first full season under young manager Garry Monk, who has shown himself to be an impressive coach in his short stint so far.

The former defender replaced legendary Denmark midfielder Michael Laudrup in the job towards the end of last season after a dismal campaign for the Welsh side, who had managed to win the League Cup the year before.

During that run there was talk of squad unrest, which may have prompted the managerial change in the first place. Times have now changed, though, and Taylor says this is the most tight-knit squad he has been a part of.

“As a group, this is the strongest and most tight-knit team we’ve had,” he added.

“It’s been an unbelievable season so far. It’s a great achievement to break the points record, and we’re looking forward to reaching new heights.”

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