Routledge full of confidence
Wayne Routledge is producing arguably the best form of his career for Swansea and is eager to showcase his renewed confidence against Premier League champions Manchester City.
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15. Wayne Routledge
The 27-year-old has had a nomadic career taking in spells at Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Fulham, Aston Villa, Cardiff, QPR, Newcastle.
But, after a first season in south Wales where he had a limited role under Brendan Rodgers, he has flourished since Michael Laudrup was handed the managerial reins in the summer.
Routledge, who would be keen to discuss an extension to his contract with the Swans, has started every league game, scoring two goals and creating several others as he revels in the freedom Laudrup has afforded his wide men.
And he admits the Dane's faith in him has given his confidence a real boost.
He said: "For me, on a personal note, it's going well, I'm playing games, making chances and scoring goals so I can't ask for much more.
"People can ask you to pinpoint what it is, but I'm not sure. I'm playing more and that's probably given me a bit more confidence and now you're seeing the best of me."
"It's definitely up there (with the best form of my career), I'm enjoying my football every time I step out on the pitch and every time we train.
"That's a nice feeling because that's when you get the best out of players.
"I just want to keep playing well, keep making chances and maybe keep scoring more goals."
Swansea head to the Etihad Stadium on the back of last weekend's morale-boosting win over Wigan, but will face a City side desperate to respond after their Champions League defeat to Ajax in midfield.
However, Routledge believes the Dutch team's 3-1 victory shows there is nothing to fear for the visitors going into a game few expect them to get a positive result from, although he is under no illusion about the size of the challenge facing the Swans.
He said: "The Etihad has become something of a fortress for them there, but we've got to go there in a positive frame of mind.
"As footballers, they're in the higher echelons but sometimes you have games when it doesn't click.
"That seems to be what happened the other night, it wasn't the usual Manchester City.
"But when you play Manchester City whatever they do it's going to be a really hard game on Saturday. We have to get our minds right and be ready from the start."
Tomorrow's game will see Swansea face Scott Sinclair for the first time since the winger left the Liberty Stadium to join Roberto Mancini's side in August.
But Routledge, who has benefited from Sinclair's move, insists the Swansea squad do not hold a grudge against him for moving on.
He said: "People get on well here and we all wish each other the best. Scott had a chance to go and join the champions and he took that opportunity.
"I haven't spoken to Scott for a little while because he's had a lot to do up there, he's moving, but I'm sure we'll catch up on Saturday.
"Obviously I knew in the summer that gave me the chance to work hard in pre-season and hopefully get a chance in the team.
"I've done that and it's going well."