Swansea City enjoyed one of the best periods in their history during between their promotion from League One in the 2007/08 season and their relegation from the Premier League a decade later.
One player that played a crucial role for the Swans during that period of form was Nathan Dyer. The winger first arrived at Swansea on a loan deal from Southampton during their first season in the Championship following their promotion from League One in 2008.
Goals against Charlton Athletic and then famously Swansea’s fierce rivals Cardiff City in his 17 league appearances during his loan spell meant that the Swans had seen enough to want to sign him up on a permanent deal in the summer of 2009.
Dyer went on to be a crucial performer for the Swans’ during the 2009/10 season with him managing to score twice in his 42 appearances in all competitions as Swansea continued to establish themselves in the Championship.
The following season, Dyer played a crucial role in helping the Swans secure promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history.
The winger was in fine form throughout the campaign and he managed to make 52 appearances in all competitions and helped them beat Reading 4-2 in the play-off final.
The winger enjoyed an excellent first season in the Premier League with the Swans as they managed to impress in their first season in the top-flight. Dyer fired home five league goals in his 34 appearances as he helped them comfortably finish clear of the drop.
The following season, Dyer was once again a crucial player for the Swans and he managed to score their opening goal in the 5-0 League Cup final against Bradford City at Wembley as they claimed their first-ever major domestic trophy.
The next two seasons saw Dyer continue to be a vital figure for the Swans and he managed to score 11 goals in 74 appearances across the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons.
However, Dyer’s influence on the side lowered in the next two seasons and he spent the 2015/16 season with Leicester City where he scored one league goal in 12 appearances to help the Foxes remarkably win the Premier League title.
He only made eight league appearances the following campaign on his return to the Swans.
Dyer managed to make a further 66 appearances for Swansea across the next three seasons that saw them relegated from the Premier League, finish mid-table in the Championship in 2018/19 and then reach the play-off in the 2019/20 campaign.
The winger finally made the decision to retire from football in July this year. Following his exit from Swansea Dyer suggested that he would not be looking to go into coaching and do his coaching badges.
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Instead, Dyer revealed that his plan was to become a footballing mentor and he would look to play a part in helping to guide the next generation of young talent into the professional game.
From Dyer’s personal Instagram account it seems that he has been doing a lot of work on TV as a pundit for Sky Sports part of the punditry team for the Swans’ clash at Fulham recently. While he also appeared recently on Soccer AM.
He also seemed to have played a role in getting Dan James to finally sign for Leeds United this summer with him posting an image alongside the Wales international once he had made the move to the Whites.