Swansea City have made a brilliant start to the Championship this year, sitting top of the pile under Steve Cooper’s management.
The Swans have put in some fine displays and showed their potential with a win against Leeds United last time out further cementing their credentials as one of the biggest threats to Leeds’ own chances of promotion this term.
Some of the key players in Swansea’s side had really delivered, and one key man who delivered on the international scene this weekend was attacking midfielder Bersant Celina.
The former Man City man put in another fine display to lead his country past Czech Republic in what was a famous victory for his nation. His performance in the number ten role too was vital in how they got over the line agains the Czechs, with the same sort of display we have been seeing week in week out at the Liberty.
Celina went under the radar somewhat last season but was one of the more consistent performers in the Championship, contributing an impressive enough five goals and five assists along the course of the campaign.
His passing stats mark him out as one of the most accurate in the division when it comes to keeping hold of the ball, with Celina making an average of just over 46 passes per game at a rate of 85.2% completion.
This sort of form puts him right up there with some of the best passers of the ball in the division, with Sheffield Wednesday’s Barry Bannan an example of this, with the Owls midfielder averaging 55 passes per game last season.
His dribbling in attacking areas is also one of the standout things in Celina’s game, with the 22-year-old averaging an impressive 5.17 a game last year, something he has improved even further this year with an average of 6.57 already.
If Celina can continue this fine form and come back to Swansea building on the good feeling he has experienced on international duty this weekend then there is every chance he can be the man to lead the charge towards promotion for his team.
Celina never got going at Man City, but their loss is Swansea’s gain, and Celina could well prove to be the ace in the pack in the race for promotion.