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Routledge feels on top form

Wayne Routledge believes his current form for Swansea City could be considered the best of his career.

Last Updated: 26/10/12 at 14:10 Post Comment

Wayne Routledge: Has been in sparkling form so far this season

Wayne Routledge: Has been in sparkling form so far this season

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An inability to put down roots has prevented Routledge from showcasing his true potential in the past, with a nomadic existence taking him from Crystal Palace to Swansea via Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Fulham, Aston Villa, Cardiff City, Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United.

The 27-year-old appears to have finally found a suitable home at the Liberty Stadium, and stability off the field has brought success on it - with the tricky winger having netted twice already this season and laid on several assists.

On the level he has been able to hit on a regular basis, Routledge said: "For me, on a personal note, it's going well - I'm playing games, making chances and scoring goals, so I can't ask for much more.

"People can ask you to pinpoint what it is, but I'm not sure. I'm playing more and that's probably given me a bit more confidence and now you're seeing the best of me.

"It's definitely up there (with the best form of my career), I'm enjoying my football every time I step out on the pitch and every time we train.

"That's a nice feeling because that's when you get the best out of players.

"I just want to keep playing well, keep making chances and maybe keep scoring more goals."

Fortress

Next in Routledge's sights are Manchester City, with Swansea hoping to catch the reigning Premier League champions off guard following their shock midweek defeat to Ajax in the UEFA Champions League.

Routledge added: "The Etihad has become something of a fortress for them there, but we've got to go there in a positive frame of mind.

"As footballers, they're in the higher echelons but sometimes you have games when it doesn't click.

"That seems to be what happened the other night, it wasn't the usual Manchester City.

"But when you play Manchester City, whatever they do it's going to be a really hard game on Saturday. We have to get our minds right and be ready from the start."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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