Swans Own Zidane Looks To Kick On
Thursday, 14th Aug 2008 17:42
It's not very often that a local lad from Swans is compared to Zinedine Zidane but that is what Shaun MacDonald does
And it is not because he has a tendency to run around pushing his head into defender's chests more a reflection that when he gets the ball in training nobody can get it off him or so the local legend goes anyway.
MacDonald scored his first competitive goals for the Swans on Tuesday night with a brace in the 2-0 Carling Cup win over Brentford and he is now looking to push on from there to greater things and live up to the reputation that has been given to him.
Shaun told the Evening Post "I'm not sure who it was who started calling me the Welsh Zidane
"It started a couple of seasons ago now, and it's nice when the lads say it because it gives me that extra bit of confidence.
"I'm not sure why they started it, but I have always worked hard on my tricks and on taking people on.
"I have watched a lot of videos of Zidane because I look up to him.
"He's an idol of mine. I loved watching him play and you always look at people like him and try to learn.
"I'm not sure whether it's worked, but he's one of the best players of all time so it's nice when the lads come out with the stuff about me being like him.
"The first goal was a bit of a tap-in," he concedes, "but I was pleased with the second and, hopefully, I can kick on from here.
"I've had a few chances in my last few games and not scored, so the finishing is something I've been working on in training.
"It seems to have come off and I'm grateful to the coaching staff, because scoring for Swansea City is something I've dreamed of doing since I was a kid.
"All my family and friends were there to see it so that makes it even more special.
"I've been waiting a while for my chance," he concedes, ''but hopefully with the goals I've shown that I'm getting there, that I am strong enough and good enough to get into the team.
"My aim is to get more games, but you never know what will happen with the squad we've got.
"All the lads come training every day not knowing whether they will be involved come matchday."
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