It’s been a bright start to the season for Swansea City under new manager Graham Potter and they will be hoping to continue their impressive run of form when they face Nottingham Forest at the Liberty Stadium later today.
After embarking on a simply phenomenal journey with Ostersunds in Sweden, Potter was handed an opportunity to return to England in the summer and prove himself in an incredibly competitive division.
It’s certainly too early to jump to conclusions about Potter’s credentials to emulate his Scandinavian success story by taking Swansea back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, but the early signs suggest the Swans are well prepared for a top-six push at the very least.
11 points from 6 fixtures including a 2-2 draw against league leaders Leeds United have given them a solid platform from which to build, but they face another promotion hopeful in Nottingham Forest later this afternoon.
On paper there isn’t all too much to split the two sides and it’s shaping up to be a tightly contested affair, which is exactly why Potter needs to restore Tom Carroll (valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt) to the starting eleven.
Carroll is a player who has yet to live up to his potential but his technical talent could make all the difference in what you’d expect to be a gritty affair in south Wales.
The left-footed maestro possesses the rare ability to thread an incisive through ball which the vast majority of players would fail to spot, and that could be the key to unlocking Aitor Karanka’s side.
With Swansea’s midfield general Leroy Fer providing the muscle and composure to allow Carroll the freedom to venture forward, Potter should have no qualms about unleashing the 26-year-old as his presence could well prove to be the difference between 1 and 3 points.
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