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.”