Swansea City have embarked on some journey since the turn of the new Millennium, with the Welsh side having climbed from the Football League’s basement tier to the Premier League during this time.
The Liberty Stadium side avoided relegation from the Football League in the 2002/03 season before starting an impressive rise which saw them reach the Premier League in 2011, with the Swans also then going on to seal League Cup success in 2013.
It would be fair to say that some of Swansea’s best ever players have represented the club over the last 20 years, and many of these key figures have been deployed in the club’s centre-midfield roles as they were tasked with ticking play over for the Swans.
Here, we take a look at FOUR of Swansea’s best midfielders over the last 20 years…
Britton is the one Swansea player who was there through it all during the club’s remarkable journey since the turn of the century, with the midfielder having first joined the club on loan in 2002 before spending the vast majority of the next 16 years in SA1.
The West Ham product made 520 appearances across his two spells in south Wales – with Britton joining Sheffield United for a brief stint in 2010 – and the midfielder played a vital role in the Swans’ ascent from the fourth tier to the Premier League.
Allen is still remembered fondly by Swansea fans despite the fact he has not played for the club since 2012, with the Wales international having climbed through the Swans’ academy ranks before starring for the first team between 2008 and 2012.
The midfielder was a perfect fit for Swansea’s passing philosophy as he formed a memorable partnership with Britton during the club’s debut Premier League season, and his consistent form saw him seal a high-profile move to Liverpool at the end of the term.
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Bodde may have only played regular football for the Swans for around 18 months between 2007 and late 2008, but the Dutchman left a lasting impression in south Wales as a result of his integral role in helping Swansea seal League One promotion in 2007/08.
The box-to-box midfielder was also one of the top performers during Swansea’s early days in the Championship, but a serious injury cut Bodde’s season short and he never really managed to recover from this setback as injury plagued the rest of his career.
Sigurdsson established himself as a firm fans’ favourite during his two spells at the Liberty Stadium, with his 2012 loan spell being followed by a permanent stint in south Wales between 2014 and 2017 as Sigurdsson became the club’s talisman.
The Iceland international netted a total of 37 goals during his 131 outings for the Swans with Sigurdsson becoming renowned for his set-piece deliveries, long-range strikes and creative brilliance in an attacking-midfield role for the Welsh side.