Since being appointed as Swansea City manager in the summer, Graham Potter has installed some life and belief back into the Welsh club following their relegation from the Premier League.
Swansea currently sit 11th in the Championship table but are only two points off the play-off spots, while the team have also been playing football that resembles the brand they were producing during their more recent and successful periods as a club.
Over the last year or so, Swansea had started to lose the identity that the likes of Michael Laudrup, Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez installed at the Liberty Stadium as the Swans continued to get sucked in towards the foot of the Premier League table as seasons progressed.
However, with Potter now at the helm, things are slowly improving with the 43-year-old’s stock now massively on the rise.
Having struggled to land a managerial job in any of the lower divisions in England, Potter moved to Sweden back in 2010 to coach Ostersund where he managed to guide the outfit from competing in the fourth tier of Swedish football to knocking Turkish giants Galatasaray out of the Europa League.
Since then, Potter has come in for huge praise with individuals in the game such as Henrik Larsson highlighting the Englishman’s ability to adapt his team during matches in particular.
“The way he is able to change his pattern of play during games is so impressive,” Larsson told the Independent.
“I remember scouting them when I was at Helsingborg. They played all different kinds of systems, starting off a match one way, and then halfway through they started playing a different system, and then they ended up with a third system. And all the players knew exactly what they were doing.”
Ultimately — as well as what Larsson has alluded to — what has been most impressive about Potter is how he has been able to transform Ostersund in such a way while the signs at Swansea so far are looking very promising.
Assessing the work he has done at Ostersund, his philosophy and Swansea’s progress under him, it would not be a surprise if a Premier League club soon came knocking.
With a team such as Southampton underperforming drastically considering the strength of their squad, Potter is the kind of wildcard appointment you could imagine the Saints making to replace the lacklustre Mark Hughes.
It has taken him time and a very unconventional route, but Potter is well on his way to finally establishing himself in the English game.
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