Nathan Dyer

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Nathan Dyer is an English winger who was born in Trowbridge on 29th November 1987. Dyer began his career at Southampton. He was part of the clubs 2005 academy league triumph and FA Youth Cup final. He was generally considered to be one of the stand out players in that team, which also included the likes of Theo Walcott and Matthew Mills. A few even rated him higher than Walcott, who would go on to become a full England international and Arsenal star.

Dyer made his Saints debut in a 3-0 League Cup win at Southend on 22nd August 2005, looking impressive while scoring the second goal of the game. After a brief appearance in a league match against Crewe and another start in the League Cup, Dyer was loaned to fellow Championship outfit Burnley. The young winger had an extremely successful spell at Turf Moor, scoring twice in five matches. This led to many fans at St Marys questioning the decision to loan him out, when Saints were in need of all the help they could get. Dyer did return to his parent club December, and played a further 19 times for a Southampton side now managed by George Burley.

Dyer played in 21 matches for play-off chasing Southampton in 2006/07. His only goal of the campaign came in the League Cup against Yeovil. While showing the odd flashes of brilliance, Dyer hadn't progressed as fast as most would have hoped, and was a slight disappointment. In 2007/08 the tiny winger scored his first goal for Saints, in a 3-2 defeat at Watford on 16th September. He missed a big chunk of the season through injury, and in March 2008 he was arrested for theft after stealing money and mobile phones from bar staff at Southsea's Bar Bluu. He was formally charged with burglary on June 17th and was sentenced to 60 hours community service after pleading guilty. Dyer was also ordered to pay compensation and legal costs to the victims.

Southampton were in huge financial trouble by the time 2008/09 rolled around, and as one of the sides higher earners, Dyer was forced to spend the opening weeks of the season on the bench as the club attempted to find a buyer. He eventually moved to Sheffield United on loan, just a couple of days after his last Saints match against Rotherham. The deal saw Sheffield United striker Jordan Robertson move in the opposite direction. Dyer made his Blades debut on 27th September against Watford, and scored his only goal for the club on 20th December against Crystal Palace. After finishing his loan spell at Bramall Lane, Dyer was immediately loaned out again, this time to Swansea. Saints fans who had previously turned on Dyer after the burglary incident changed their opinion when he scored to dump rivals Portsmouth out of the FA Cup. Dyer celebrated by putting his finger to his lips to silence the Fratton Park crowd who had been giving the 'scummer' abuse all game. He also scored the opener against arch rivals Cardiff City in a 2-2 draw on 5th April 2009.

Dyer signed for Swansea on a permanent basis on June 2nd 2009 for a fee of £400,000. The winger was part of a Paulo Sousa managed side that narrowly missed out on a Championship play-off place. During 2009/10 Dyer was sent off against former club Sheffield United, and scored against Cardiff City for the second time in a row. In 2010/11 Nathan flourished under new boss Brendan Rodgers, and was one of The Swans best players in a season which saw them reach the Premiership after victory in the play-off final against Reading.

Dyer adapted to his new surroundings in the Premier League with ease during 2011/12, and scored his first top flight goal against West Brom on 17th September 2011. He netted a further four as The Swans finished the season in a very respectable 11th place.