Swansea City: Nathan Dyer's red alert over blues duo
NATHAN Dyer will come up against one of the Premier League's deadliest duos when Everton visit the Liberty today.
TV pundit Gary Neville claimed there was no better wing partnership in the country than Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar after the pair tormented Newcastle on Monday.
And Dyer admitted he will be on red alert against both this afternoon.
"I watched the game the other day," said Dyer. "Leighton Baines has been a great left-back for a number of years and Pienaar likes to play football.
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"But me and Angel (Rangel) have been playing down the right for a number of years and I think it will be a test for them as well.
"When you're defending you need to have that understanding because you need to read each other's minds, so to speak. It's good we've got that and it helps going forward as well.
"Angel plays as an extra man going down the wing."
Today is a rare occasion when the spotlight falls on Dyer's defensive rather than attacking capabilities.
The winger has been in fine form so far this season, scoring two goals and creating others for Rangel and Wayne Routledge.
"I don't see football as me against one other man. It's a team game so I have to concentrate on everyone," said the former Southampton player.
"I like going forwards, but you have to concentrate on the ugly bits as well. I don't like playing against fast full-backs because if they run forward I have to go with them.
"But if that's what happens, that's what I'll do to help the team."
Dyer's early season form has again seen him tipped for an England call, though he was not included in the squad for recent games against Moldova and Ukraine.
"I'm happy I'm getting mentioned, it's really nice that players and fans recognise I've been playing well," said Dyer.
"Hopefully, eventually I might get my chance. I want to keep developing as a player.
"The players who were selected are great players so I'm not going to sit here and say 'I should be selected'.
"When I got mentioned I thought, 'could I? Maybe'. It wasn't like I thought I should be in.
"I want to play for my country. It's been a dream since I was young so it's something I definitely want to achieve.
"I've come up from the Championship and done well in the Premier League. If I keep progressing, hopefully my time will come."
Before Dyer turns his attention to international selection, he must fend off competition from within the Swansea squad.
Record signing Pablo Hernandez made his debut at Aston Villa last weekend and is pushing for a first start on one of the flanks.
"You can't just swan around and think you'll get picked no matter what," added Dyer.
"You need players on form who are prepared to give 100 per cent every game.
"Pablo has done really well. When he gets given another chance, I'm sure we'll see his quality."