Swansea star says transfer window outcome can see them beat Newcastle
Swansea may have lost talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson this summer but Leon Britton claims the incoming signings can more than make up for it.
As well as snapping up Tammy Abraham on loan and £16m midfielder Sam Clucas, Swansea also made late moves to bring back Wilfried Bony (43 Premier League starts – 26 goals when previously at Swansea), as well as the high profile Renato Sanches.
The Portuguese international midfielder only turned 20 in August but a year ago Bayern Munich paid an initial £32m for him, a figure that could rise to over £70m if he hits certain targets.
It was seen as a massive coup when Swansea landed Sanches, after agreeing to pay a considerable loan fee, reported in some quarters to be as high as £8m.
Like Newcastle, Swansea won their last Premier League match, in the Welsh club’s case a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.
Leon Britton says ‘Newcastle will be coming with confidence’ after beating West Ham 3-0 but is expecting Sanches and Bony to ‘boost everyone’ at Swansea ahead of this match.
“We have Wilfried Bony coming back and also Renato Sanches being part of things for the first time.
“That will give the crowd a big lift. I think having those two involved will boost everyone and create a really good atmosphere at the stadium. Hopefully that will help us get a win.
“We know Bony well, he was great for us in the 18 months that he was here before.
“He has not played as much as he would have liked recently and has maybe lost his way a little bit, but I think he will be loved straightaway here and hopefully he can pick up his old form.
“And Sanches is a player who a year ago everyone was talking about as a massive, massive talent.
“Bayern Munich paid a lot of money for him last summer. He maybe didn’t play as much as he would have liked last season, but the manager knows him well.
“He is a player with great pedigree and hopefully he and Bony can be big hits for us this season.
“We got an important win at Palace and now we’re looking for our first home win of the season.
“Newcastle picked up a good win over West Ham last week so they will be coming with confidence, but our home form is going to be vital.”
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