Swansea 2 Leicester 0: ‘Spanglish’ key to solid foundation says Ashley Williams

Wilfried Bony netted both for the Swans

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The Swansea captain, Ashley Williams, has revealed how “Spanglish” has tightened up the Welsh club’s defence.

Swansea’s 2-0 win at home to Leicester on Saturday ended a run of five Premier League games without a victory and moved them back into the top six of the Premier League.

Striker Wilfried Bony’s double took his tally to four goals in three games, but manager Garry Monk admitted that he was just as satisfied with what was only a second clean sheet in six league games.

Centre-back Williams puts that down to a growing understanding with Argentina defender Federico Fernandez and their unusual method of communication on the pitch. Williams has learnt Spanish and Fernandez’s English has improved following his £8m summer switch from Napoli.


“For me to speak in Spanish or for him to listen in English [on the pitch] is difficult, he said. “On the field we speak Spanglish! Sometimes he says whole sentences to me and I say ‘yeah, yeah’ when I don’t know what he’s said. I think he understands a lot. I try to speak Spanish to help him.”

Leicester are without a win in four games since beating Manchester United and manager Nigel Pearson has warned that the club cannot afford to dine out on that result.

He said: “Everyone wants to talk about that result. It’s something we have to move on from.”