Caulker hopes to earn his Spurs

The 19-year-old is halfway through a season-long loan with Brendan
Rodgers’ side and has proved himself to be an excellent acquisition
after turning in some assured displays at the centre of the Swans
defence. While a knee injury has limited his appearances, his
commanding presence has been such that in the last six games he has
played Swansea have conceded just two goals, in 1-0 defeats at
Everton and Arsenal. The shut-outs in his four other appearances
have helped Swansea to an impressive eight clean sheets in total,
and the best defensive home record in the division, a remarkable
achievement for a promoted club in their first Premier League
season. Caulker has also fitted seamlessly into Swansea’s vaunted
passing style, and formed a solid centre-half pairing with Wales
international Ashley Williams. The England Under-21 international
believes that Swansea’s approach to the game was a big factor in
Redknapp allowing him to make the temporary switch to south Wales,
and hopes his form will see him feature in the Spurs first team
when he returns. “Swansea’s style was definitely a part of why I am
down here,” he said. “Obviously there are a lot of teams that play
direct football, but Swansea mirror Spurs in the sense that they
look to pass the ball, so if I can come here and prove myself then
in Harry Redknapp’s eyes I could be ready for a place in the Spurs
team. “I always enjoy getting on the ball, we train and work hard
on it every day. “It’s very different to my last two loan spells
(at Yeovil and Bristol City) but at Tottenham we have always been
taught to play football so it’s like going back to my roots, I have
found it a challenge but the gaffer has shown confidence in me and
the team.” And Caulker readily acknowledges that he has learnt a
lot from defensive partner Williams and club captain Garry Monk,
who bravely played through injury while Caulker spent almost two
months on the sidelines with his knee problem. “Ash is a fantastic
centre-half, as is Garry Monk, when I was out injured I got to
watch the games closely and I learned a lot from the pair of them,”
he said. “It’s vital for me to learn at this age and they are doing
a great job in teaching me. “To have eight clean sheets so far is
unbelievable. Every defender’s dream is to get a clean sheet at the
end of the game so we’ve been doing very well. “To pick up so many
so quickly is great and we want to build on it. “We’ve come up
against some very talented players and some top strikers, so it’s a
reflection of how well the team has done. “We have a very young
back four but it’s good for the manager to trust us, I have come in
on loan to get games and apart from my injury I have done so it has
been a great experience so far.” Swansea will look to continue an
impressive campaign when they host QPR and Tottenham at the Liberty
Stadium over the festive period. Caulker will not be available for
the clash with his parent club under the terms of his loan
agreement, but is set to continue in the heart of defence when
Rangers come calling on Tuesday. With Swansea having dropped to
14th in the table after defeat at Everton, and QPR enduring a
testing run of poor results, there will be pressure on the hosts to
continue their good home record and pick up three valuable points.
But Caulker insists the players are not feeling the pressure of
expectation. He said: “We’ve got two massive games coming up,
although obviously I’ll have to sit out the Spurs game. “The boys
are eagerly anticipating every game that’s coming up, it’s a busy
schedule. “There’s pressure to perform for the fans home and away,
it comes with every game in the Premier League. “We are always
under pressure but I think we enjoy that. Some of our best
performances have come against the biggest sides. “The Liberty
Stadium is a great place to play. The fans are behind the players
and are very patient. “Sometimes it’s a slow build-up with the way
we play but they are always very supportive and I’m sure they will
get right behind us once again.”