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Introducing: Swansea’s natural option in new system, Declan John

Introducing: Swansea’s natural option in new system, Declan John

It’s fair to say that Swansea have not had a lot of luck when it comes to injuries so far this season. 

In practically every position on the field there have been absentees at some point for The Swans. However, Graham Potter’s men seem to be turning a corner, and the results are starting to follow.

As such, there was a period in which Potter had a scare in his left-back position, with Sweden’s Martin Olsson missing a week through injury. That threw the manager into a bit of panic, with no clearcut favourite to step up.

New summer signing from Scottish giants Rangers Declan John stood up for the first game, but Potter turned to midfielder Matt Grimes after that. Since Olsson’s brief spell out, that position has been juggled between the Swede and Grimes.

However, Potter should look to turn back to John in the near future. The 23-year-old will be wanting to impress in his home country, particularly being a Cardiff boy, but may be more suited to the way that Potter is playing than anyone else.

At times this season, and during some of The Swans’ more impressive performances, Potter has opted to play with wing-backs and three centre-backs. With five- cap Wales international John being a natural left wing-back, this seems like the best option for the manager.

Additionally, this frees up Grimes to play in his natural midfield position rather than being forced to play somewhere that he is not completely comfortable with.

With only one appearance so far in the Championship for Swansea, it is time that John started finding himself in the first team more often.

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