Huw Jenkins: Swansea City are ready to improve ahead of Cardiff
HUW Jenkins has insisted Swansea City are primed to improve ahead of the South Wales derby, admitting: "Everybody can see we're nowhere near our best."
Swansea head for Cardiff on Sunday sitting a healthy ninth in the Premier League.
Michael Laudrup's men have also given themselves a chance to reach the last 32 of the Europa League, losing only one of their seven games in that competition to date.
Yet there is a feeling at the Liberty that some three months after their season began, Swansea are still searching for top form.
"I think everybody would be quick enough to hold their hands up and say we haven't played as well as we can," Jenkins said.
"We have ticked along and picked up points. We could have done better in some games and we have been a bit unlucky in some, as all clubs would probably say.
"But like I say, I think everybody can see the way we are playing and they know full well that we are nowhere near where we can be at the moment.
"We are still looking to produce our best form, and I am sure that will come."
Swansea may still be moving through the gears, but they are well placed in the top flight nevertheless.
Their tally of 11 points taken from the first nine Premier League games is exactly the same as their return at the same stage last season, while Laudrup's men have also made progress in Europe.
And a glance at the top-flight table shows that only the big seven clubs — Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton and the two Manchesters — plus surprise package Southampton are currently ahead of Swansea.
"If you look at where we are and the points tally we have, you can see we have given ourselves a good platform to push on from," Jenkins conceded.
"But Michael is still looking to find the right combinations that will get the team flowing, playing good football and creating chances."
Swansea are hopeful that they will have an almost fully-fit squad to choose from at the Cardiff City Stadium. Ben Davies looks like the only definite absentee, though the left-back has a chance of returning next week after his ankle injury proved less serious than initially feared.
Ashley Williams and Pablo Hernandez both returned in the draw with West Ham, while Jonjo Shelvey hopes to recover from a hamstring strain having missed out last weekend.