Swans new boy gets early chance to shine

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Wayne Routledge will make his Swansea City debut just two days after finalising his deal, as the Welsh side take on Real Betis in their final warm-up game ahead of the new campaign.

The £2 million pound arrival will get his chance to take a bow against the newly promoted Spanish side who stormed back into La Liga just as the Swans won promotion into the Barclays Premier League for the very first time.

Swans boss Brendan Rodgers has made some big attacking signings this summer including Danny Graham and Leroy Lita, and Routledge will join the new line-up to make his bow at Liberty Stadium.

"Wayne is a player who will excite the crowd," said Rodgers. "He will get people on their feet when he tries something in the final third.

"He knows he is coming to a great club that suits his style perfectly. He will add great quality and great competition to the group.


"Technically he is very strong. He gets at people one-v-one, which I like," he continued. "Tactically he is very good as well.

"He has been playing first-team football since he was 17 and he understands the game and he also has experience of the Premier League."

Real Betis will be Swansea's final test before their gruelling Barclays Premier League opener away to Manchester City.

"It's going to be a difficult first season in the Premier League," said Routledge. "It's going to be tough.

"But everyone is confident and looking forward to it. After all, playing in the Premier League is what you dream of. I'm excited about it."

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