Swansea City's Jonathan de Guzman praises 'great' Pablo Hernandez
JONATHAN de Guzman has hailed Pablo Hernandez's quality as the winger continues to blossom at Swansea City.
Hernandez arrived in a club record £5.55 million deal from Valencia three months ago and took some time to settle.
But the Spanish international has found his feet in recent weeks.
He scored his first Swansea goal in a 2-1 victory against Wigan, before producing a superb finish as Swansea drew 1-1 with Chelsea.
And the 27-year-old provided another example of his class at Newcastle on Saturday.
After Swansea had struggled to capitalise on openings at St James' Park, Hernandez helped unlock the Magpies defence with a pinpoint cross to set up Michu for the game's opening goal.
"He's a great player," said de Guzman, who played against Hernandez in Spain last season.
"He looks for those fast passes behind the back four and he's very creative.
"I've known him from Spain last season.
"I admired his play and now he's showing that at Swansea.
"When he cuts inside and makes that last pass he creates a lot of chances."
The Canadian is also growing into life at the Liberty.
After scoring against Liverpool in a 3-1 Capital One Cup victory, he registered for the first time in the Premier League on Saturday.
When Danny Graham's shot was spilled by Tim Krul, de Guzman pounced on the rebound to convert from a tight angle.
"It feels great to score my first Premier League goal and it's great for the team," he said.
"We got three points away against a difficult team and a difficult stadium.
"We did very well as a unit, we didn't let too much come through, we created a lot of chances and we're happy with the three points.
"From the first half we got out with counter attacks and held the ball pretty well.
"Swansea are a great team, I think we play attractive football.
"We get compliments from outside and I'm happy to be here."
The midfielder is one of a clutch of players signed in the summer as Michael Laudrup looked to make his mark.
Michu, Itay Shechter and Hernandez were others brought in by the Dane who started in the North East and it looks like the new arrivals have bedded in.
"This is a new beginning for us," said de Guzman. "Every week we grow as a team.
"We still have a lot to work on, but we've done well so far. We're starting to mould as a group. I think we complement each other with the way we play.
"The more we play together the better we'll get."
Tickets for Swansea City's visit to Spurs on Sunday, December 16, (1.30) are now on sale. The club has been given an allocation of 1,700 tickets for the match.
Tickets for the upper tier will go on sale first, with lower tier tickets made available if these sell out.
Upper tier tickets are priced at £37 for adults, £22 for over-65s and £20 for under-16s.
Season ticket holders who are also Jack Army members can buy their tickets now.