Swansea City’s long-serving midfield star Leon Britton has been heavily linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium of late. Has the pass master still got something to offer to Gary Monk’s side, or is his time up in South Wales?
First and foremost, we have to praise Britton for the excellent service he’s provided for the Swans over the course of the last 13 years. Ever since he arrived on loan as an unknown baby-face from West Ham United in 2002, Britton has maintained a faultless attitude, along with an outstanding footballing ability to boot.
However, with the impressive talent of Swansea’s star-studded midfield, as well as the exciting emergence of some of the youngsters coming through, is there any room for the 32-year-old at the Liberty Stadium? Britton will never lose his superb passing ability, and he will always be remembered as a player who could knock the ball around in the Swansea midfield seemingly with his eyes closed.
Unfortunately for the ex-Arsenal and Hammers youth ace, his legs are not quite as able as they once were. With the rigours of the Premier League getting harder and harder each year, youth and hunger in the middle of the park is becoming more important than ever.
Yes, Britton would be an excellent back up player for the Swans, but at the age of 32 now, he needs to be playing regular games of football. Since the end of the Premier League campaign, Britton has been linked with moves ranging from MLS to the English Championship – he was never going to be short of any suitors, and he would still be a great addition to many teams.
Despite a short, unsuccessful spell with Sheffield United, Britton has been a firm fans’ favourite, whether that was at the Vetch, or the Liberty Stadium. He’s a player that deserves all the credit he’s had over the years, and if his future does lie away from Swansea, he’s certainly a player that everyone involved with the Swans will never forget.