Boss eyes loan market

11th August 2018
First team

Graham Potter is hopeful that Swansea City will do business in the loan market – but insists the club must find the right players.

The Swans said goodbye to four senior players on transfer deadline day while only one, Declan John, came in the opposite direction.

Potter’s squad is short of numbers, and the new Swans boss has fielded a team packed with under-23 players in each of his two games in charge.

But Potter says he is not about to complain about the players he has to work with.

“We have got to be careful when it comes to assessing deadline days and transfer windows,” he said.

“Most people thought this time last year that the club had had a good window, with Renato Sanches and Tammy Abraham coming in on loan and Sam Clucas arriving.

“You can only assess whether the window’s been successful at the end of the season. You can see then whether players have helped you win games, improved the playing style or improved the environment.

“We have brought four players in for not much money. There’s a point where you have to have players who want to be here. We want a group that’s together and we want players who want to fight for Swansea City.

“I understand that people want external solutions, but we have focused on the internal solutions.

“There’s another window open now and we can do some work in that.

“But I don’t want to be one of those managers who whinges about what we have got or what we haven’t got.

“For me it’s about working with the players who are here.”

The loan market is open until the end of August, and the Swans will look to bolster Potter’s squad.

“I am aware we need to carry on improving the group we have – it’s a long season – but that’s not to the detriment of the players who are here,” the former Ostersund manager added.

“I wouldn’t say there will be many more coming in, but there’s a chance that we will get some players.

“What we must do is get the right ones. It’s about getting the right players who want to play for Swansea City.”