Swansea City got just their second win in eight Championship games last weekend, coming out of the first Welsh derby of the season as 1-0 victors over Cardiff City.
It was a day to cherish for Steve Cooper and his side, as a single goal from Ben Wilmot gave them all the bragging rights in South Wales, and takes them back up to fourth in the Championship – two points off leaders West Brom.
Bournemouth-loanee Sam Surridge was the sole substitute for the Swans that day, coming on for Nathan Dyer midway through the second-half. He helped his team see out the victory, playing in an unfamiliar position on the wing.
A striker by trade, Surridge joined the club from Eddie Howe’s Cherries in the summer on a season-long loan.
He had a successful loan-spell with Oldham Athletic in League Two last season, where he scored eight goals in 15 league appearances, before returning to his parent club where he featured twice in the Premier League.
Howe wasn’t in the position to utilise the 21-year-old this season though, and so another loan-move was dealt to the forward.
Swansea was his destination, and so far this season he’s performed relatively well.
Deployed mostly from the bench for Cooper’s side, Surridge has found the net just once in ten Championship appearances this season, as well as making his debut for Aidy Boothroyd’s England under-21 side.
He would’ve been hoping for more game time at the club this season, but he’s been watching from the sidelines as Andre Ayew and Borja Baston lead the Swans’ front-line.
The Ghanaian international returned to the club in the summer having plied his trade in Turkey last year, and has so far been his side’s best attacking outlet.
His three goals for the season have all come this month, scoring in three-straight games against Charlton, Stoke and Barnsley.
His form has kept Surridge on the sidelines, and has seen him play a wider role in place of Ayew down the middle.
Surridge must now adapt to this new position – at his juvenile age, mastering a new position on the pitch will double his value, and make him an even more indispensable player wherever he is.
Bemoaning his lack of game time and his new role will do him and his career trajectory no good, and he instead should thrive under in his new role, and learn to adapt.