Nathan Dyer is a professional footballer who plays for English Premier League side Swansea City as a winger.
Born on November 29, 1987, the Englishman started his playing career with Southampton where he spent 10 years as a part of his development in various youth teams between 1995 and 2005. Both his parents were also into sport with his father playing cricket and his mother an athlete.
Dyer had been a member of the Southampton Academy team that reached the finals of the FA Youth Cup in 2005. The team would lose the final to Ipswich Town.
His professional debut for Southampton came on December 26, 2005 when he came on as a substitute in a 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandra. Towards the end of the year, Dyer was loaned out to Burnley where he scored two goals in five appearances before being recalled by his parent club. Following his return to Southampton, Dyer was awarded with a new contract by the Saints and started to feature regularly in the first team.
The winger’s first league goal for Southampton came in a 3-2 defeat to Watford in September 2007. He had previously scored in the League Cup for the Saints. His performances for Southampton caught the eye of Portsmouth. However, their interest in the player was met with criticism by George Burley, the then Southampton manager. Ultimately, Dyer put pen to paper on a new contract before being ultimately shipped out on loan to Sheffield United.
He made a total of seven appearances for Sheffield United in which he found the back of the net on one occasion. Following the end of his three-month loan spell with Sheffield, Dyer was loaned out to Swansea City.
Dyer impressed his new coach with an all-action display on his Swansea debut which ended in a 2-0 win over Reading. The player scored in Swansea’s win over Portsmouth in the FA Cup on January 24, 2009. His first league goal for Swansea came on February 28 when he scored the solitary goal in a home match against Charlton Athletic. Dyer found the back of the net yet again on April 5 when he scored the opener against Cardiff City.
The Welsh club was so impressed with his performances that they signed Dyer on a permanent deal from Southampton at the end of his loan spell in June. He would go on to repay the faith shown in him by his new employers as he featured in the opening game of the season against Leicester City. Dyer scored his first goal for Swansea as their player in a match against Sheffield United on September 26, 2009.
The player became an integral part of the Swansea team that earned promotion to the English Premier League under Brendan Rodgers. He would make a couple of assists in the play-off final against Reading as Swansea crushed their opponents 4-2. Since then, both Swansea and Dyer have featured in every season of the Premier League. He had a successful time both under Rodgers, Michael Laudrup and Gary Monk in the Premier League.