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Celina: Don't Underestimate Town
Friday, 5th Oct 2018 20:47

Former Blues loanee Bersant Celina has warned his Swans team-mates not to treat Town too lightly when they visit the Liberty Stadium tomorrow, despite their lowly league position.

Paul Hurst’s side go into Saturday’s match 23rd in the Championship, still without a win all season.

“They have not had the best of starts but I know they are a team who work really hard,” Celina, who made 26 starts and 12 sub appearances for the Blues, scoring eight goals during a season-long loan last season, told the Swans official site.

“I am looking forward to seeing some of the boys I played with once again this weekend. Luke Chambers is a great captain and gets them all working really hard. Even if they are not getting the results they want at the moment, we should not underestimate any team.

“It is going to be another difficult game and we have to make sure we go into it like any other and focus on getting three points.”

Celina, 22, who joined the Swans from Manchester City for an initial £3 million in the summer, is set to start against the Blues having returned to the side recently following an ankle injury.

The Kosovo international felt his spell with Town saw him make progress: “My time at Ipswich helped me develop a lot. It was a different kind of football compared to what we play here.

“I learned the other side of the game and had a great manager who trusted me. I was a good year for me and, if it was not for that season at Ipswich, I don’t think I would be at Swansea today. There is no doubt my time at Ipswich helped prepare me for the move to Swansea.

“I am always grateful for my time at Ipswich. The players, manager and fans were great to me. I am looking forward to playing against them but of course I want to help the Swans win.”

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alfromcol added 21:26 - Oct 5
MM, unlike a lot of us, thought you were crap, and only played you when he had to. (unfortunately).

dirtydingusmagee added 21:27 - Oct 5
totally different to when he was at Town ,

GluedtoBlue added 21:40 - Oct 5
Yep, ignore his comments re MM and draw your own (made up) conclusions.

Say what you want about MM and his 'style but no player has ever made it to the top without hard graft - which is what MM demands from his teams.

OwainG1992 added 21:47 - Oct 5
Clearly Mick didn't think he was crap! If so he wouldn't have made 38 appearances. Stupid comment.
I reckon he's grown a lot due to his time here.

bobble added 22:55 - Oct 5
its nice of him to say that before they hammer us...

alfromcol added 23:51 - Oct 5
In the league, 23 appearances and 12 as last minute sub. Should have played whenever fit.

geminimustang added 03:22 - Oct 6
MM didn’t play him until Celina realised you had to work hard for 90 minutes.Without MM, he wouldn’t have improved which is why City loaned him to ITFC.A lot of Supporters don’t want the truth to get in the way of a good story.Time will show MM was good for Ipswich but the financial constraints brought a bitter end.

Henrietta_R_Hippo added 07:05 - Oct 6
Personally feel that Bersant despite his 8 awesome goals was a bit overhyped here last season given the annoying ratio of inconsistency etc. in his performances as a whole , but a true potential 'game changer' / 'game winner' he most certainly is.

But in regard to the likely outcome of today's contest.... Hmmm since the Welshmen somehow are 7th despite haven't scored in an astonishing 6 of the last 9 league contest (plus a League Cup 0-1 dropping by Palace in between!).... and we ourselves not only having the fewest shots 'On Target' in the league but also have a manager who despite no real positive from it so far UNFATHOMABLY still seems set on opting to go with what's fundamentally have been an blatantly anemic & largely out-of-their-depth *appearing* "Lone Striker" attack, which then together with the rest of team simply too often have *looked* like it couldn't even score in a Bangok brothel....

well then a 0-0 draw seems perfectly "logical" doesn't it?! lol

HOWEVER.... 1) The talented Celina is definitely seriously "due" a goal for them & and also this tallish McBurnie fella might additionally cause us problems aerially, especially if Gerks is in goal. 2) And from our perspective, well Andre from start might just be the slim difference for us as he might just deliver the goal resulting killller pass(es) that our often poorly serviced "Lone Striker" attack has sorely needed.

busterjames1 added 08:18 - Oct 6
Sorry but i feel a hiding coming on .Another defeat another nail in the coffin ,

ronnyblue added 08:49 - Oct 6
This side bears no relationship to the side of last season so his comments are not valid . They will play us off the park and hopefully put the last nail in the coffin of the deadly duo !

Cloddyseedbed added 09:03 - Oct 6
I think like ITFC fans Celina will be shocked at the wholesale changes and lack of quality on the pitch, tactics and manager. I sincerely hope I am proved wrong.

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