Tom Carroll pushing for more Swansea City starts

Midfielder Tom Carroll is on a season-long loan from Tottenham at Swansea
Midfielder Tom Carroll is on a season-long loan from Tottenham at Swansea

Tom Carroll is hoping his goal-scoring performance in the 6-2 FA Cup win over Tranmere Rovers will lead to more starting spots at Swansea City.

The 22-year-old midfielder is on a season-long loan from Tottenham at the Liberty Stadium and has started seven games in 13 appearances this season.

Carroll's first Swans goal came as they reached the fourth round.

"I've been waiting a while for my goal and I got it today, so I'm delighted," Carroll said.

"When you get the opportunity you've got to take it and hopefully I've done that today and showed the manager [Garry Monk] what I can do.

"That's where you get your confidence as well, getting that two, three, four games that you need to get into the flow.

"I've come here to play Premiership football, so I'd like to be playing in the next couple of games.

"When the opportunity came to join Swansea it was something I always wanted to do, to come here and play this style of football is great."

Carroll set up Nathan Dyer's opener for Swansea and then added the Premier League side's second against their League Two hosts, taking a pass from Gambian Modou Barrow in his stride and beating Tranmere goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams with a stylish finish.

Further goals from Barrow, Wayne Routledge and two from Bafetimbi Gomis ensured Swansea's place in Monday evening's fourth round draw, despite Max Power and Cole Stockton replying for Tranmere.

"We put on a good performance throughout the whole pitch, we played well and just had that little bit of quality in the final third to get the goals," Carroll added.

The four-match suspension of Jonjo Shelvey following last Monday's 4-1 loss at Liverpool has decreased Swansea's options in the middle of the park, but Carroll says there is still good strength in midfield.

"We've got some good midfielders here... Leon [Britton] is a legend and just training with him every day is a great experience," Carroll added.

"He's a great player and barely gives the ball away, I'd say I'm slightly different to Leon that maybe I like to get forward a bit more, but he's someone I look up to."

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