BBC pundit Garth Crooks lauds Swansea winger Jefferson Montero; likens him to Forest hero John Robertson

Swansea Liberty Stadium

Swansea City’s Jefferson Montero was outstanding against Newcastle United.

Popular pundit Garth Crooks told the BBC that Swansea City’s Jefferson Montero reminds him of Nottingham Forest hero John Robertson for his ability to cut in off the wing.

The Welsh outfit have started the current campaign brilliantly with Montero arguably their standout player as he once again tormented his opponents during the 2-0 home win over Newcastle United.

The Ecuador international joined the club form Mexican side Moreila in the summer of 2014 and made 30 Premier League appearances last season, scoring once.

Despite what could be considered a poor record for an attack-minded player, Montero is ever-improving and based on the first two games of the current campaign he could be in for a fine season.

  Key PassesTake-onsWas FouledAccurate PassesMins Played
Jefferson Montero 4 2 4 18 77

As per the table provide by Opta Stats, the 25-year-old tormented the Magpies throughout as he produced four key passes, two successful take-ons and 18 accurate passes.

Commentating on the game for BBC Five Live, Crooks was full of praise of Swansea’s South American import and likened him to Forest hero John Robertson.

“Newcastle have doubled up on Jefferson Montero, and he’s roasting them. The last time I saw right-footed player on the left who hogs the line so well was John Robertson at Nottingham Forest. By the time you go for the ball, he’s pulled it round and he’s away from you,” Crooks explained.

Robertson, a former Scotland international, was a key member of the Reds’ squad during the height of power under Brian Clough and scored the winner in the 1980 European Cup final.

His ability to hold position on the wing and cut inside with ease made him one of the most talented wingers in the game, helping Forest win a host of trophies towards the end of the 70s.

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