We’re six games into the season and Swansea sit 7th in the table. It could be deemed a successful start to the season for Graham Potter due to the off-field issues with rising tensions between the ownership and the fan base. The same ownership that I believe has left the Swansea squad handicapped for the forthcoming season and a club that’s success in the league could be heavily dependent upon a promising January transfer window.
Summer Incomings: Bersant Celina, Joel Asoro, Barrie McKay, Declan John, Yan Dhanda, Cameron Carter-Vickers.
A common theme of Potter’s incomings is his unquestionable faith in youth, his oldest signing being the 23-year-old Barrie McKay from Nottingham Forest. His signings have bedded in well and under the coaching of Potter have flourished in white.
Bersant Celina has proven to be a good signing so far, following his transfer from Manchester City, he offers a creative spark in the midfield by registering an assist so far from deep.
The signing of Joel Asoro at first seemed to be a transfer with the future in mind, however, the lack of investment provided by the board has meant that he’s featured on the regular for Potter in the right-wing position and ultimately has struggled to provide an end product despite his one assist. He possesses promise though.
Barrie McKay has been a mainstay on the team sheet as well and similarly to Asoro has struggled to provide an end product. But the Swans haven’t suffered as a result and so after a few more months of training and getting up to speed with Potter’s ideas, the influence of two quick wingers could provide McBurnie with the goalscoring opportunities and hopefully get a few themselves.
The signing of Yan Dhanda, a highly rated youth academy from Liverpool, highlights the attractive nature of the Swansea project despite a damning relegation, his potential was highlighted by his debut goal against Sheffield United.
The relative unknowns of the summer window are the defensive reinforcements in the form of Declan John from Rangers and Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan from Tottenham.
A Cardiff City academy graduate, Declan John hasn’t been brought in as first-choice but offers competition to Olsson in an area where the Swans, unsurprisingly, were a bit light.
The signing of American international Carter-Vickers was a huge sigh of relief for most Jacks fans, the central defence is a hugely important part of the starting eleven and it’s an area where Potter has lacked options. To have a player with the ability and potential of Carter-Vickers available for selection is hugely important.
But the biggest transfer of the summer for Swansea has to be the appointment of the manager. Although The Swans sit in 7th, that position flatters them greatly. He’s embarked on a huge project with Swansea and he’s grasped it in the palm of his hand by getting the most out of the limited players available to him.
The behind the scenes issues have been masked slightly by the sheer impressive nature of his managerial ability, without him I wonder where Swansea would be. There’s not much to be grateful towards the Swansea owners for however the appointment of Graham Potter has been a shining light in the tensions between board and fans.
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