Potter impressed by Roberts' maturity

8th April 2019
First team

Graham Potter has praised Connor Roberts for having the maturity to put frustrations with his own form behind him and produce all-action displays for Swansea City.

Roberts, 23, has been one of a number of young players to impress for the Swans under Potter this season, establishing himself as a regular for club and country.

But the full-back had recently spoken of not being entirely happy with his form, and was particularly honest in his assessment of his performances following the defeat to Norwich last month.

He has responded strongly, and his good run of form has included goals against Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough, the latter an example of his lung-bursting runs up and down the pitch as he finished Bersant Celina's wonderful pass from close range.

And manager Potter feels it has been a sign of growing maturity for Roberts in understanding that it's impossible for a player to be in peak form throughout an entire campaign. 

"It is part of the process for Connor, the fact is you are not going to be perfect every week and every game," said Potter of Roberts, who has made 48 appearances for Swansea and Wales this season.

"So I was really pleased for him on the weekend, although I almost told him not to go when he made the run for his goal!

"But he has hit the post a couple of times, which we’ve had a bit of a joke around but it’s good to have goals coming from all parts of the pitch and that’s six in two home games which is great.

"His energy levels are always there, we are 3-0 up in games and he is still going, he never stops. You almost want him to stop because the games are coming thick and fast and you have an eye on those, but that is just the way he plays.

"He has had a lot of games, internationals too, but he is that type that just wants to play and physically he is a very impressive specimen."

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