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Alfie Mawson wants to become a leader at Swansea

Mawson has had to be patient to show his worth. Credit: Reuters

Swansea new boy Alfie Mawson wants to fill the leadership void left by the summer departure of Ashley Williams.

Mawson was the surprise choice to replace Williams at the Liberty Stadium following the Swansea and Wales captain's move to Everton in August.

The 22-year-old joined from Championship club Barnsley for £5million just before the end of the transfer window and has had to be patient to show his worth.

But after making an impressive debut in the goalless home draw with Watford, Mawson believes he can fill the sizeable shoes of Williams who made over 350 appearances in eight years for Swansea.

Mawson said:

I'd like to have the same impact he had when he came in here. He was a League Two player, but he helped the club rocket up the leagues and played at the Euros in the summer.

Not so much football-wise, but being a leader. That's what some say is missing at this club because Ashley left a big hole in that respect. If I can take on that role I'm happy to do so.

– Swansea defender Alfie Mawson

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Sigurdsson praises new Swansea boss Bradley

Gylfi Sigurdsson was on the scoresheet for Swansea. Credit: Reuters

Gylfi Sigurdsson has praised Bob Bradley's start to life as Swansea boss and believes a second league win of the season is now around the corner.

The Swans appointed the Premier League's first American manager when New Jersey-born Bradley was named as successor to Francesco Guidolin during the international break.

His first game in charge was Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Arsenal as his side twice threatened to come from behind to continue their recent good record at the Emirates Stadium.

The boys really like the new manager.

Training has been good since he came in - really hard and really sharp. I think we have improved since he arrived and I think if we keep performing like we did in the next few games, we are going to start picking up a few wins.

– Gylfi Sigurdsson
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