Your Swansea City headlines for Wednesday, December 1.

The clarity behind Pato's top form

Russell Martin believes the clarity Jamie Paterson has in his role has helped him thrive at Swansea City.

The 29-year-old joined the Swans on a free transfer in the summer after being released by Championship rivals Bristol City following the conclusion of the 2020/21 campaign.

The attacker has netted eight times and has registered four assists in his 20 league outings so far this term and has become a firm favourite with the Jack Army.

And Martin says Paterson - who was on trial with Middlesbrough in the summer - has brought plenty of experience to what is a young Swansea squad.

"We speak about Pato a lot, as we always do with players who are goalscorers and creators, but the great thing about him is that he has come in and understood what has been expected of him," Martin told the club website.

"He has been given real clarity, and he is turning himself into a real leader in the group and on the pitch. You can hear how vocal he is on the pitch when he is at close quarters.

"He is always talking to his team-mates about positions, when to play forward, when to keep the ball. He understands his role and is really enjoying himself."

Martin went on to add: "He shows discipline, and when he gets the ball he takes care of it because he knows how hard his team-mates have worked to give him the ball.

"He has been fantastic, but he will be the first person to tell you the importance of the people around him.

"He loves being here and it shows on the pitch."

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Tributes paid to former Swan

The world of football has paid tribute to former Swansea City player Ray Kennedy who has died at the age of 70.

Kennedy made 59 appearances for the Swans and scored two goals between January 1982 and November 1983.

Liverpool confirmed the sad passing of the ex-England ace on Tuesday, and plenty of former players paid their respects to the man who won every domestic honour on offer in his homeland.

Former Swans and Wales striker Ian Walsh wrote on Twitter: "Very sad news about Ray Kennedy. Top player, super guy!"

Liverpool icon John Aldridge said: "Yet another magnificent ex-LFC star has passed away folks. Ray Kennedy, what a player and lovely bloke who suffered so much with Parkinson’s disease for most of his life. He will definitely never walk alone. RIP Ray. YNWA."

Ex-Wales and Liverpool striker Ian Rush commented: "Saddened to hear the news of Ray Kennedy passing. I was very lucky to have played with Ray Kennedy in my early years. A true legend of the game. My thoughts are with Ray’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time."

Neil Ruddock wrote: "Sad to hear the passing of Ray Kennedy today. What a player this fella was. Thoughts are with his family and friends."

Kennedy won five league titles, three European Cups, a UEFA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup during his time with Liverpool.

He also won three trophies - which included a league and cup double in the 1970/71 campaign - during his time at Arsenal.

After leaving the Swans in 1983, the 17-cap England international had spells with Hartlepool United and Pezoporikos Larnaca.

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Martin reaches four-month mark

December 1 marks Russell Martin's fourth-month anniversary as Swansea boss.

The 35-year-old was officially named as Swansea's new head coach on the opening day of August and has overseen a total of 23 matches at the club.

They have won nine of those encounters, drawn six and lost eight while they claim an average of 1.35 points-per-game in the Championship.

Martin boasts an overall win rate of 39% at Swansea, although that drops slightly to 35% when you focus in on league matches.

However, when you split the league campaign so far in half, the improvement made is clear for all to see.

Swansea had a league win rate of just 20% from their first 10 Championship games this season, although that jumps to 50% for their most recent 10 outings.

As for their average points per game, that stands at one per game for the first 10 league games but rises to 1.7 when looking at games 11 to 20.

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U23s announce fixture change

Swansea's Under-23s will now face Colchester United Under-23s in the new year due to the Londoners' involvement in the Essex Senior Cup.

The fixture at Swansea's Landore academy base was due to take place on Tuesday, December 14, but will now be played on Friday, January 28.

The Professional Development League contest will kick off at 2pm.

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