So step forward captain of club and country, Ashley Williams, who is SCFC2 Swans Player of the Month for September 2015.
During the four games in September, Ashley picked up 24% of the votes, despite only playing 3 of the games (Hull away being the one he missed).
In 2nd place was Jack Cork, who has had an impressive start to the season and is knocking on the door of an England call-up, with 17% of the votes. 3rd place went to club legend Leon Britton with 9% of the votes.
Testament to why Williams won this month’s award were the sheer number of plaudits he earned in the Swans v Everton game on 19th September – billed by many as the battle of the Premier League’s best centre halves – Ashley and Everton’s England starlet John Stones.
Alan Shearer and fellow Match of the Day pundit, Danny Murphy were gushing in their praise of the Swans skipper, saying:
The leader was brilliant. He’s just got better and better over the years. He’s become a bedrock in Swansea City’s defence and was really clever to read a dangerous free kick and clear the danger.
He gets himself in the right position so often but he’s also a good talker and you see him organising throughout the game. In a game where I didn’t think Swansea were at their best, they needed him because Everton played well, especially as it went on.
He was always in the right place at the right time and without him Everton would have won the game. One of his blocks late on was as good as a goal. He was what you need a captain to be when you are not playing well. I was really impressed.”
Little wonder then that Williams was touted as the ideal replacement for Stones IF his proposed £30million plus move to Chelsea had come off.