Friday 28 July 2017

Swansea new boy Narsingh eager to impress after decent cameo against Southampton

New signing Luciano Narsingh made an instant impact in Swansea's 2-1 Premier League victory over Southampton
New signing Luciano Narsingh made an instant impact in Swansea's 2-1 Premier League victory over Southampton

Swansea new boy Luciano Narsingh has promised there is plenty more to come from him after his match-winning contribution against Southampton.

Paul Clement's relegation strugglers claimed back-to-back wins for the first time this season to stay just above the Premier League relegation zone.

Holland winger Narsingh had been forced to wait for his Swansea debut after arriving from PSV Eindhoven earlier in the January transfer window with a calf injury.

But the pacy £4million signing made an instant impact after coming on as a second-half substitute by setting up Gylfi Sigurdsson's winner.

"I wanted to show the fans my quality," Narsingh said.

"It is good for my feeling and the team if I can help. I feel there is still a lot more to come, I have to be stronger.

"I am probably only at about 80 or 85 per cent at the moment, so the game was hard for me.

"But I hope I can soon be at my best.

"It was good to be on the pitch, but now I want to get fitter.

"I want to be starting games and I will work hard to be better. You have to be ready for 90 minutes."

Swansea were bottom of the table following the 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth on December 31 which cost Bob Bradley his job.

But Clement's appointment has seen a dramatic upturn in fortunes, with wins over Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Southampton handing Swansea a lifeline.

Swansea are now in 17th place, two points above Palace, and level on 21 points with Leicester and Middlesbrough.

"We are really battling, we have the confidence and belief, and that is why I came here," Narsingh said.

"We know it is tough, but we have to continue hard work on the training field and carry it through into the game.

"It was good for the confidence to hold out in a game like that, like we did at Liverpool."

Southampton are just over three weeks away from meeting Manchester United in the EFL Cup final at Wembley.

But the Saints have won only once in six league games, and Portuguese defender Cedric Soares feels Claude Puel's side must improve quickly.

"It was a very disappointing night," Cedric told the official Southampton website.

"I think we started the game well and then we lost control. After we tried to react again and they scored.

"We changed again and couldn't control the counter-attacks or the openings, and when they scored the second goal it was tough.

"It was a long way back to get the best result and I think we should learn from our mistakes and get better."

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