More minutes for players, says Clement

16th July 2017
Pre-season

After opening their American tour with a 2-2 draw on Saturday night, Paul Clement insists his players will rack up more minutes in their upcoming games.

The Swans kicked off their tour Stateside with an entertaining game with MLS side Philadelphia Union at the Talen Energy Stadium, which included goals from Kyle Bartley and Jordan Ayew.

Clement handed game-time to 21 of his players, with everyone – bar keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt, who played the full game – getting 45 minutes under their belts.

The Swans squad departed Philadelphia today as they flew to their next destination in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Next up is a rematch with Richmond Kickers, who beat the Swans 2-0 last season, before taking on North Carolina in the final match of the tour.

And Clement has pledged to increase game-time for his players over the next two game as they continue to prepare for the start of the Premier League season.

“We have one session on Sunday when we arrive in Raleigh while we have double sessions lined up for Monday and Tuesday,” said the Swans boss.

“For the game on Wednesday we have to increase the minutes of some players.

“Then we will flip the game-time for the next game, so lots of players will get 60 minutes of action.”

Loan signing Tammy Abraham will meet up with his new team-mates later today, with the striker having been given extra time-off due to his commitments with England Under-21s.

And Clement is looking forward to welcoming the new recruit into the squad.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Tammy link up with the team and get to work with him on the training ground,” he added.

“He’s a good prospect and he will be well received in the squad. He will benefit a lot from working with us during the tour, which gives him a chance to integrate into the squad.”