Swindon Town boss Richie Wellens has been speaking highly of on-loan Swansea City goalkeeper Steven Benda.
The twenty-one-year-old stopper arrived at the County Ground in the summer on a season-long deal. After a shaky start, he’s slowly establishing himself as Wellens’ first choice amid a loss of confidence for his rival for the number one shirt, Luke McCormick.
The youngster has made six appearances for the Robins after getting his chance in early October, and his excellent form means he’s conceded only one goal in his last two hundred and seventy minutes of football.
Benda was again outstanding in the Robins 2-1 win over Walsall at the weekend, making a string of excellent saves as Richie Wellens men secured a hard-fought victory to move into the League Two promotion places with a third success in a fortnight.
Speaking to the Swindon Advertiser, the Swindon boss had this to say about his young keeper who capped off a fine display with a fantastic save at the death to preserve the Robins lead: ‘Steven Benda didn’t have too much to do, but his save at the end was fantastic.’
‘My heart was in my mouth; I thought it was going to be a goal. But Steven is six-feet-five. His arm span is huge – he has the physique to pull those saves off.’
Benda is yet to make a senior appearance for the Swans, but he’s been a regular in Premier League 2 and also played in the Under-21s’ EFL Trophy campaign.
He joined the Swans from 1860 Munich in July 2018 and won the Young Player of the Year award last year.
He is highly-rated at the Championship outfit, signing a new deal at the Liberty Stadium in the summer, keeping him at the club until June 2022.
Any young player from the Championship or Premier League on-loan in League’s One and Two should look at the example of Benda for a few pointers on how to behave.
He’s shown great attitude in waiting for his opportunity and then firmly took it when it came along.
All those youngsters currently on the phone to their agent or parent club trying to get them out of a situation in January because they are not getting game time should take note of Benda’s example.