Swansea City are now just one step away from promotion back to the Premier League, after last night’s 1-1 draw against Barnsley saw them through to next weekend’s final against Brentford — who, incidentally, ended their promotion bid last season at the playoff semifinal stage (Brentford would go on to lose to Fulham in the final).
Cauley Woodrow’s 71st minute strike proved to be the winning goal on aggregate, but the Man of the Match for both legs of the semifinal was none other than Chelsea loanee Marc Guehi, who’s been outstanding all season but especially as of late. The 20-year-old barely missed a minute all season, earning plaudits aplenty — and not just for his play, but for his attitude and approach as well.
“Honestly, I don’t know how! I don’t know, the first one I was really surprised, now it’s getting a bit ridiculous! Everyone was fantastic today, you know, to a man. I could name everyone. For me to get this again, I just don’t know.
“It’s unbelievable to be part of this team and get to this final.”
Guehi’s development and importance is similar in some ways to when Fikayo Tomori was at Derby, so even though both excelled “only” in the second division, their skills should be evident and easily translatable to the next level.
“I’ve been given the opportunity, by the gaffer, by the staff, so to come here and really try to excel in my game, I’ve got fantastic team-mates who want to help me every single day
“We’ve got a good mixture of youth and experience, the older lads have really helped me, given me the right advice in games and in training. It’s just a fantastic feeling being here at Swansea.
“Massively (grown). It’s really important for someone like me to come to the Championship and play as many games as possible, Last season I didn’t play that many, but this season thankfully and fortunately I have played a lot of games and really enjoyed by time here, it’s been fantastic.”
-Marc Guehi; source: Wales Online
Guehi has been linked with various teams for next season, but mostly concerning non-loan moves. With Chelsea potentially also looking for defensive reinforcements, and getting regularly linked to the usual big-money transfers, perhaps we should be looking closer to home.