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The foe you know - Swansea's Routledge, Naughton and Carroll

Posted on 15 September 2017  - 10:46

With three ex-Spurs players in the Swansea City squad, it's a bumper edition of ‘The foe you know’ this week. In this feature for 2017-18 where we profile familiar faces now playing for our opponents, we shine the spotlight on winger Wayne Routledge, full-back Kyle Naughton and midfielder Tom Carroll ahead of Saturday's clash with the Swans at Wembley.

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Now 32 years of age, winger Wayne Routledge brings experience down the flanks for Paul Clement's side.

After coming up through the ranks at Crystal Palace and making over 100 senior appearances at Selhurst Park, Wayne arrived at Spurs as a promising 20-year-old in 2005. He started the opening game of the 2005-06 season at Portsmouth but broke his foot during our 2-0 win and immediately faced a spell on the sidelines.

He returned to action in the reverse fixture against Pompey later that year before being loaned to the Fratton Park club for the second half of the season.

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With Aaron Lennon blossoming on the wing, Wayne headed back out on loan in 2006-07, this time to Fulham as part of the deal that brought Steed Malbranque to White Hart Lane.

He returned to play twice for us in the Premier League at the start of 2007-08 but joined Aston Villa soon afterwards in search of more regular football, having made only five senior appearances for us. Sadly for Wayne, he didn't find it at Villa Park and after a loan spell at Cardiff City, he transferred to Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United, rejoining QPR on loan from the latter in 2011 before finding a home at Swansea.

He made his Swans debut in a 4-0 loss at Manchester City in August, 2011, and has, in the main, been a regular at the Liberty Stadium ever since. On the bench against Newcastle United last weekend, he's currently on 215 appearances and 21 goals for Swansea.

Full-back Kyle Naughton joined us from boyhood club Sheffield United alongside Kyle Walker in 2008. Introduced as a late substitute for his debut in a 2-1 win at West Ham in August, 2009, he came in to start at Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup three days later – a 5-1 victory – but a substitute appearance in a 4-0 FA Cup triumph over Peterborough United on January 2, 2010, was the only other time he featured during that campaign.

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Loan spells at Middlesbrough, Leicester City and Norwich City followed over the next couple of years before he started to feature regularly for us in the 2012-13 season under Andre Villas-Boas. Primarily a right-back, he had a useful ability to slot in on the left side of defence and switched between those positions over the next few seasons, often featuring for us in the Europa League.

The England Under-21 international left us for Swansea in January, 2015, having made 75 appearances in our colours. Coincidentally, ahead of Saturday's match at Wembley, he's also on 75 appearances for the Swans. He's primarily been the club's first-choice right-back since his arrival and scored his first goal for more than six years in a 2-0 win at Sunderland in May this year. Fernando Llorente scored the other one.

A product of our Academy, smooth-passing central midfielder Tom Carroll was on our books until mid-way through last season.

Making his senior debut on loan at Leyton Orient in 2011 – he was at Brisbane Road at the same time as Harry Kane – he made his Spurs bow alongside Harry in a goalless home draw with Hearts in the Europa League at the beginning of the 2011-12 season.

He scored on his debut for Derby County against Barnsley in January, 2012, at the start of a successful loan spell with the Rams, before spending further time out on loan at QPR in 2013-14 and Swansea in 2014-15.

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Having picked up some regular game time in the top flight at the Liberty Stadium, he returned to the Club for 2015-16 and enjoyed his best season in our colours as we battled for the title before eventually finishing third. He scored his first goal for us in a 4-1 home win over Monaco in the Europa League in December, 2015, and ended the campaign with three goals in 30 appearances across all competitions.

Tom made a further three appearances in the opening months of last term, including two in the EFL Cup, to take his overall tally to 53 games in our colours before completing a permanent move back to Swansea in January.

We’ll renew acquaintances with Wayne, Kyle and Tom when Swansea come to Wembley at 5.30pm on Saturday.