It has been nothing short of a remarkable 20 years for Swansea City since the turn of the century, with the Swans having climbed from the basement tier to the Premier League during this time.
Swansea sealed fourth-tier survival by the skin of their teeth back in 2003 and they then went on an incredible journey which saw them reach the top flight in 2011, with the Swans lasting seven seasons in the division before their relegation.
It would not be an overstatement to say that some of the club’s finest ever players have represented Swansea since 2000, and there have been some real stalwarts who have occupied the full-back roles at the Liberty Stadium during this period.
Here, we take a look at FOUR contenders for Swansea’s best full-back over the last 20 years…
Rangel arrived at Swansea in the summer of 2007 after being noticed by former boss Roberto Martinez during a scouting trip, and the right-back’s eventual exploits in south Wales saw him cement his status as a club legend across an 11-year period.
The Spaniard was the club’s first-choice right-back throughout their ascent from League One to the Premier League, with Rangel rarely missing a league match during his early seasons in SA1 as his attacking and defensive qualities made him a key player.
There have been a number of other impressive right-backs to represent the Swans across this period including the likes of Kyle Naughton and Connor Roberts, but Tate deserves a spot on this list given his services in his 340 appearances over the years.
The Manchester United academy product moved to south Wales on a permanent basis in 2004 following two successful loan stints, and he was a key member of the squad during the club’s time in the lower tiers before their rise to the Premier League.
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Davies made his league debut by chance after replacing the injured Neil Taylor during a clash with West Ham in August 2012, and the Swans academy product quickly found his feet in the side as he proved to be a long-term replacement for Taylor.
The boyhood Swansea fan delivered consistently strong performances during his maiden campaign in senior football as the Swans enjoyed an excellent 2012/13 season, and he eventually departed the Liberty to join Tottenham in the summer of 2014.
There will be some Swansea fans who may argue that Martin Olsson deserves the fourth spot given his strong displays towards the end of the club’s Premier League stint, but Taylor’s efforts during the early part of the decade should never be overlooked.
The left-back played a massive part in Swansea’s promotion-winning season in 2010/11 as well as during their debut top-flight campaign, while he also bounced back from a serious injury in 2012 to continue holding down the left-back slot up until 2016.