Lee Trundle: Swansea’s greatest free signing

Understanding why Lee Trundle is a huge cult hero at Swansea is not difficult. He is one of the best players to have donned the Swansea City jersey, and he became an instant fan favourite, with his goals and skills giving the Welsh faithful no end of joy.

Trundle joined the Swans from Wrexham in 2003 after he impressed with the Welsh side, scoring 27 goals in 94 appearances. He was signed on a free transfer and, for Swansea, he will rank as the greatest free signing by a team, ever, end of story.

Trundle netted 78 goals in 146 appearances for the Welsh side and he was a behemoth on his day. Picture Neymar’s feet  with Luis Suarez’s finishing ability and throw in a Scouse accent for good measure and you will be halfway there.

In fact, Trundle was so skilful that EA Sports deemed it necessary to give him 5-star skills in FIFA 13, something the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar both share with the former Swansea man:

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In a time in which Swansea were languishing in the lower divisions, Trundle provided a constant source of light as his consistent scoring and showboating accounted for more than one victory.

What makes Lee Trundle such a club legend then, was his quick feet and thinking, which meant he was able to fool the opposition to get him out of any tight situation. In former Soccer AM presenter Tim Lovejoy’s autobiography, Lovejoy claimed that Trundle would often send in clips of himself to the show.

He featured heavily on the humours Sky Sports show, proving to be one of the more regular featured players, meaning he was given national attention, and became synonymous with an array of different skills.

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With Swansea now playing in the Premier League, the fact he is such a hero it is testament to their former striker. The likes of Michu, Wilfried Bony and now Fernando Llorente have lead the line for the Swans in recent years, with Llorente cementing his own status as a fan favourite following his late goals this season which are edging Swansea towards safety.

However, they are not held in the same esteem as their former striker. It sent the fans into meltdown when it was announced that Trundle would return to the Welsh side in 2009, on loan from Bristol. Trundle netted five goals in 20 appearances as he rolled back the years, but, to the dismay of the fans, he was not offered a permanent contract with the side.

Trundle went on to appear for a number of other clubs, but has since returned to Swansea City as an ambassador. In conjunction with this role, he is also playing for Llanelli Town in the the Welsh Football League Division Two. The striker showed he is as deadly as ever, scoring 28 goals in 14 games for the club, including a scintillating hat-trick on debut in a 3-2 win over Aberdare Town.

Irrespective of that, Trundle has maintained his fantastic ability and he will forever be remembered for more than one skill montage (although he probably filmed, edited and published them all himself).

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