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Head Coach on healthy competition provided by the likes of Deeney and Karnezis

Silva | “It Is Normal To Have Competition”


Marco Silva is pleased he has players of the calibre of Troy Deeney and Orestis Karnezis in reserve and breathing down the necks of those in the starting XI, creating the sort of competition he craves as a Head Coach.

Deeney is the fourth highest scorer in the club’s history and he, reports Silva, is chomping at the bit to make his first Premier League start under the Head Coach and his first since the away game at Everton last season. 

“Troy is our captain and he did a very good season last season,” said Silva.

“He needs minutes in his legs but what I saw of him in training, is someone who works hard. I believe he wants more minutes, like all the others, and he works hard for that.

“It’s normal for the seven who stay on the bench to be frustrated. This is a normal way. It is up to Troy and others to show to me they want to play in the first XI.”

Karnezis is a high-class goalkeeper and was one of the leading number ones in Serie A during his time with Udinese. He’s been capped more than 40 times by Greece and has come to put serious pressure on Heurelho Gomes, and not just play second fiddle. 

“We have three goalkeepers, not only two,” said Silva.

“We have Daniel [Bachmann], it’s important not to forget him. It is normal to have this competition. Until now it’s only Heurelho. He did well and has started the season well but we signed a new goalkeeper to come here and compete.” 

Watch Silva's pre-Swansea City press conference at the top of this article, free-of-charge and no sign-up required.


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