Your Swansea City headlines for Thursday, January 13.
Christie reveals Martin talks
Cyrus Christie has revealed he was wowed by Russell Martin’s footballing philosophy prior to his loan switch from Fulham to Swansea.
The right-back has joined the Swans on loan from the Cottagers for the remainder of the current campaign following Ethan Laird’s exit from the club.
Despite making just one senior appearance for Fulham this term, Christie is in line to make his Swans debut at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
And the Republic of Ireland international has revealed Swans boss Martin played a significant role in persuading him to make the move to south Wales.
“I am looking forward to playing some football again, I spoke to the manager and straight away he almost made my mind up for me,” the new signing told the club’s official website.
“It’s always great when a manager rings you and outlines everything he wants from you and how he sees you fitting in.
“He spoke about his ideas and as a footballer it goes a long way when you feel wanted by a manager.
“This is a big club, playing brilliant football. I thought Swansea did really well at Fulham, it’s about those fine margins in the Championship and I hope I can bring some experience to the team, because it’s a young team that is going places and playing football the right way.”
On his style of play, Christie commented: “I like to get forward and get assists, that has maybe been what I have made my career on.
“When you do that some people do question your defensive side, but I have the numbers to back it up.
“But as an attacking player growing up, it was about getting forward and I feel I can create chances and provide assists.”
READ MORE:The Jake Bidwell dilemma just presented to Swansea City as Birmingham City interest genuine
Goalkeeper situation explained
Russell Martin believes Andy Fisher will slot in seamlessly with regards to Swansea’s current style of play after joining on a permanent basis from MK Dons.
The Swansea boss has long been an admirer of the goalkeeper after working with him at his previous club.
Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Fisher has signed a four-and-a-half year contract with the Swans after the League One club accepted a bid worth around £400,000 for the 23-year-old’s services.
“He was someone we wanted to bring in here, not just because we have worked with him before and that’s the best job interview you can have, but because what we do is quite extreme and it requires a lot from the goalkeeper and we know Andy is confident and comfortable with that,” said the Swansea head coach.
“Ben Hamer has done it brilliantly for us, and we know Andy can do the same so it brings real competition and it allows Steven to go out on loan to a Championship club and hopefully play a lot of games.”
Shortly after the deal for Fisher was announced, Swansea revealed that Steven Benda had joined Peterborough United on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
“I think it will be good for Steven, because he is an outstanding young goalkeeper and there is no doubt about that,” said Martin.
“The thing is that playing in goal for us at this time requires a particular skill set, and that is why Ben and Andy are probably in front of Steven at this moment in time.
“But Steven is a great goalkeeper and we had a lot of interest in taking him on loan, there were a lot of options for him.
“We respected his wishes to play at the highest possible level, and we are not going to hold our players back from that and he deserves the chance to go and play there and I am sure he will do very well there.”
READ MORE:Swansea City clinch signing of Cyrus Christie from Fulham after dramatic transfer turnaround
Garrick to stay at Plymouth
Jordon Garrick will stay at Plymouth Argyle for the remainder of the season, it has been confirmed.
The winger joined the Pilgrims on loan from Swansea in the summer and has impressed during his time at Home Park so far.
And boss Steven Schumacher has confirmed the window for Swansea to recall Garrick prematurely has already passed.
“Neil Dewsnip (Argyle’s director of football) and Zac Newton (football secretary) sort all the contract details out,” he told our sister title PlymouthLive.
“What I was made aware of that there was a certain period where Swansea could recall Jordon Garrick and that has passed.
“Each (loan) contract is different. They are all based on their merits, it’s not a standard thing. Jordon is with us until the end of the season, which is great.”
Garrick has netted five goals in 28 appearances in all competitions for Plymouth so far this season.
Swansea have already recalled Kyle Joseph from his loan spell with Cheltenham Town, although Russell Martin recently revealed Ollie Cooper will remain at Newport County for the remainder of the season.
Swansea City fans, we want your views!
You can become even more involved with WalesOnline’s Swansea City coverage by signing up to leave comments on stories, delivering your verdict, discussing the biggest breaking news and also chatting to our journalists in our dedicated Q&As.
Click here to get started.
Luton fixture rearranged
Swansea’s Championship clash with Luton Town has been rearranged to take place on Tuesday, February 1.
Russell Martin’s men were due to host the Hatters at the Swansea.com Stadium on Wednesday, December 29, although the fixture was postponed on Christmas Eve due to a Covid-19 outbreak within the Swans’ camp.
The match will now take place in south Wales the day after the January transfer window closes.
Kick-off is at 7:45pm.
For the latest Swansea City news and analysis delivered straight to your inbox, you can sign up for our newsletter here.