Michel Vorm hails Swansea City squad strength
MICHEL Vorm admits he hates missing games — but the Dutch goalkeeper has spent plenty of time on the sidelines this season.
A torn groin muscle at Manchester City in October kept the keeper out for two months.
And he returned from a three-week lay-off in the 4-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers last Saturday.
Fitness issues have not been the only factor hampering Vorm's appearances.
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The emergence of Gerhard Tremmel from reserve to rival has also left the former Utrecht man kicking his heels.
"It's never nice to miss games," said Vorm.
"But at least this time I wasn't out for quite so long, only two games, and it was great to be back.
"The QPR game was an important one for us. We did what we had to do and that was get the three points, which was very pleasing."
Tremmel was very definitely a deputy under Brendan Rodgers last season when he featured only three times — twice in the FA Cup and once in the league.
But the German has grown in stature this term, impressing when asked to fill in for Vorm, while he has taken centre stage in the Capital One Cup.
Tremmel was installed as Michael Laudrup's preferred stopper for the competition and has laid the foundation for Swansea's route to Wembley, most notably with a double shutout against Chelsea in the semi-finals.
"We have so much quality in this team," said Vorm.
"Even though Leon (Britton) was missing against QPR, Ki (Sung-Yueng) and Jonathan (de Guzman) did well in midfield and Kemy (Agustien) came on in the second half and did great.
"It's a pleasure to play in this team — it's amazing."
Swansea's increased squad strength has allowed them to push on even further following last season's sensational Premier League bow.
A top-ten finish now looks achievable, while the club could also claim a first major trophy by beating Bradford at Wembley a week on Sunday.
There are no obvious deficiencies in a team where competition for every place is fierce.
Britton is in contention to return at Liverpool this weekend, but Swansea will be without Chico Flores, who ruptured ankle ligaments last Saturday.
Though Swansea were missing both those key players in the second half against QPR, they still managed to score a superb team goal.
The ball started with Vorm and nearly every player had a touch before Michu planted it past Julio Cesar.
"That goal summed up our season really," added Vorm.
"I always like to celebrate with the back four because we talk a lot during the game, and every player knows what they are doing.
"We are really showing what we can do now, especially at home."