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First-team debuts for 2018-19

We take a closer look at those who made their first-team debuts this campaign.

 

Bersant Celina

Appearances: 42

Goals: 8

Debut v Sheffield United (Championship) – 4th August 2018

The Kosovo international joined from Manchester City last summer and was thrown straight into the starting XI to make his first-team debut with the Swans on the opening day of the Championship season with a 2-1 victory against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

In total Celina racked up eight goals and eight assists throughout his debut season producing some sublime moments over the course of the campaign.

His goals against Gillingham, Brentford and Ipswich immediately spring to mind on top of the character he showed by bouncing back from his penalty nightmare against West Brom with a superb showing - and goal - against his old club in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Barrie McKay

Appearances: 31

Goals: 3

Debut v Sheffield United (Championship) – 4th August 2018

After joining in the summer from Championship rivals Nottingham Forest, McKay made an outstanding debut on the opening day of the season at Sheffield United, assisting Yan Dhanda for the winning goal. The Scot scored his first of the season with a stunning strike during the 1-0 win over Bolton in November. Despite not having a regular starting place McKay ended the season with seven assists and three goals.

Yan Dhanda

Appearances: 6

Goals: 1

Debut v Sheffield United (Championship) – 4th August 2018

It was a dream debut for summer signing Yan Dhanda. The teenager came off the bench at Bramall Lane on the opening day of the Championship season to score the winning goal with his first touch within 30 seconds as the Swans won 2-1 at Sheffield United. Dhanda went on to make further five appearances for the Swans and had to be patient with first-team performances.

Joel Asoro

Appearances: 17

Goals: 0

Debut v Sheffield United (Championship) – 4th August 2018

The highly-rated young winger arrived from Sunderland last summer and caused much excitement with his pre-season showings.

The Swedish under-21 international’s debut came on the opening day of the season at Bramall Lane as the Swans came from behind to record a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United.

A week later the teenager provided the assist for Jay Fulton at the Liberty Stadium as the Swans continued their unbeaten start to life in the Championship with a 1-0 over Preston

Asoro’s appearances were limited throughout the campaign, largely due to the strong competition on the wing, but featured off the bench during the Swans’ final two games of the Championship campaign against Derby and Blackburn.

Erwin Mulder

Appearances: 27

Clean Sheets: 9

Debut v Preston (Championship) – 11th August 2018

After waiting patiently for his opportunity throughout the 2017-18 campaign following a summer move from Eredivisie side Heerenveen. Erwin Mulder was handed his first-team debut with the Swans in unfortunate circumstances back in August 2018.

The Dutchman came off the bench in the 23rd minute in the Championship encounter against Preston to replace the injured Kristoffer Nordfeldt – who had pulled up with a groin strain. It was a dream debut for Mulder in front of the Jack Army at the Liberty Stadium as keeper pulled off some fine saves to deny Preston an equaliser to ensure he earned a clean sheet and the Swans their first home victory of the campaign.

Mulder would go on to feature 27 times throughout the campaign, keeping nine clean sheets in all competitions, before a broken finger ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign in late March.

Joe Rodon

Appearances: 28

Goals: 0

Debut v Preston (Championship) – 11th August 2018

An unused sub on the opening day of the Championship season away at Sheffield United, the local lad had to wait until he was in front of the Jack Army to make his debut in August 2018.

The Llangyfelach product was thrust into the starting XI against Preston where his maturity shone in a defensive role that help the Swans to a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Lilywhites at the Liberty.

A former Swans season ticket holder, he went on to rack up 28 appearances in an impressive debut season which would have been more had he not suffered a metatarsal injury which kept him sidelined for over two months. His performances for his club were also recognised by his country, with Wales boss naming him as an unused sub in games with Spain and the Republic of Ireland.

George Byers

Appearances: 25

Goals: 3

Debut v Crystal Palace (Carabao Cup 2nd Round) – 28th August 2018

After an impressive campaign with Swansea City’s under-23s in 2017-18 that saw him crowned the club’s Young Player of the Year, Byers was handed his first-team debut in the second round of the League Cup at home against Crystal Palace.

He played the full 90 minutes in a narrow 1-0 defeat at the Liberty, but the midfielder followed that up with his Championship debut at Stoke a month later. Injury limited Byers’ game time in 2018, but the second half of the season saw the 22-year-old become an integral part of the squad as he scored three times in all competitions, including the winner against Millwall.

Cian Harries

Appearances: 6

Goals: 0

Debut v Crystal Palace (Carabao Cup 2nd Round) – 28th August 2018

The former Coventry youngster was another to make his bow against Palace, playing the full 90 minutes in the narrow 1-0 League Cup defeat.

He started his first Championship fixture in the 1-0 loss at Aston Villa in October, and made a handful of league and FA Cup appearances before playing a part with the Swans’ under-23s squad - captaining the side on five occasions.

Brandon Cooper

Appearances: 1

Goals: 0

Debut v Crystal Palace (Carabao Cup 2nd Round) – 28th August 2018

Another Swansea City academy product. The promising young defender was also handed his first-team debut in the Carabao Cup defeat against Crystal Palace in August, and showed why he is so highly thought of with a composed showing during his 62-minute appearance. Cooper continued to be a key player for Swansea’s under-23s team this campaign with over 20 appearances.

Liam Cullen

Appearances: 1

Goals: 0

Debut v Crystal Palace (Carabao Cup 2nd Round) – 28th August 2018

Long touted as an exciting prospect, the Tenby-born striker made his first-team bow as a substitute against the Eagles in August. The academy graduate has continued to show his talents with the development squad, scoring 10 goals for the under-23s.

Tyler Reid

Appearances: 1

Goals: 0

Debut v Crystal Palace (Carabao Cup 2nd Round) – 28th August 2018

The full-back was handed his first-team debut in a 28-minute spell off the bench in the same Carabao Cup defeat against Crystal Palace in August. The former Manchester United youngster also featured over 20 times for the under-23s this campaign but was released at the end of the season.

Courtney Baker-Richardson

Appearances: 21

Goals: 4

Debut v Crystal Palace (Carabao Cup 2nd Round) – 28th August 2018

The striker was another from a crop of youngsters to make his first-team debut for the Swans in the Carabao Cup against Palace.

He made his league debut days later at The Den where he was sent off against Millwall after just five minutes.

However, the 23-year-old showed his character to bounce back and grab his first Swansea goal against QPR at the Liberty Stadium on his return from suspension later that month.

He ended up with an impressive strike-rate of four goals in nine starts in all competitions, racking up 21 appearances for the Swans this campaign.

Cameron Carter-Vickers

Appearances: 33

Goals: 0

Debut v Nottingham Forest (Championship) – 15th September 2018

Arrived on a season-long loan from Tottenham at the end of August but did not make his first-team debut for the Swans until September when he came off the bench in a 22-minute appearancein a 0-0 home draw with Nottingham Forest. The 21-year-old became a firm feature in the starting XI after Joe Rodon’s season was interrupted through injury in January, racking up 33 appearances in all competitions.

Declan John

Appearances: 13

Goals: 0

Debut v Nottingham Forest (Championship) – 15th September 2018

The full-back joined from Rangers last summer after an injury-hit pre-season and only made his first-team debut during the goalless draw against Nottingham Forest in mid-September. The Wales international found himself in and out of the squad throughout the campaign, but impressive displays in the Swans’ final two Championship games against Derby and Blackburn means he is an exciting prospect the watch out for in 2019-20.

 

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