Potter hails academy work

11th February 2019
First team

Graham Potter has hailed the work of the Swansea City academy in producing a crop of young players who have proven able to meet the demands of Championship football this season.

Following a squad overhaul last summer, the likes of Joe Rodon, Connor Roberts, Daniel James and Oli McBurnie have become an integral part of the first-team set-up under Potter and his staff.

Twelve players have made their league debuts for the Swans this season, with another two players making their bows in cup competition.

Eleven of the players used by manager Potter have spent time in the club's age-grade set-up.

And Potter has spoken warmly of the work being done by under-23s' coaches Cameron Toshack and Gary Richards, as well as many others within the academy system, for providing a nucleus of young players able to make the step up to the first team and flourish.

"A lot of work had obviously gone on behind the scenes to carry this group forward," said Potter.

"They had success last year which helps and brings a mentality, and they understand each other.

"The coaches have done a fantastic job with them. Cameron (Toshack), Waggy (Gary Richards) and all the guys in the academy have done brilliant to help them get to this point.

"Then the key thing is opportunity, but that is what often stops players having a career.

"You can have all the development and youth football but if there is a glass ceiling, if there is not an opportunity to show what they can do, it becomes very difficult.

"So, that is what we have been able to create this season, and I am really pleased they have collectively stood up and taken the opportunity."