Potter 'optimistic' over loan deals

20th August 2018
First team

Graham Potter is “optimistic” that Swansea City will get some business done before the loan window closes at the end of the month.

And the Swans boss has revealed that following the recent departures of Federico Fernandez and Jordi Amat, central defence is one of the areas he is looking to strengthen.

The Swans said goodbye to a host of senior players during the summer transfer window, and Potter feels there is a need to bring some new faces in.

“We are working all the time,” he said.

“The wheels are turning – that’s part of our job and we will keep working.

“I am optimistic. I am aware that we could do with strengthening the group in terms of numbers and also to help us be better. We know we need to improve.

“I am focusing on the matches but at the same time we will keep working up until August 31.”

Academy product Joe Rodon has started the Swans’ last two games at centre-back – and impressed – following the exits of Fernandez and Amat.

Alfie Mawson and Kyle Bartley also exited the Liberty this summer, and Potter acknowledges that the Swans are a little light in the heart of defence.

“It’s fair to say we would like a centre-back because of the numbers in our group,” he added.

“We have got Joe and Mike (van der Hoorn) who have done really well together in the last two games, which has been a positive for us.

“But clearly when you look at the numbers, it’s an area we could do with strengthening.

“Our squad is not the most balanced at the moment and we could do with adjusting some areas. Centre-back is an example of that, while we are a bit top heavy in some other positions.”

Potter, meantime, revealed there has been “interest” in both Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge.

As it stands, however, the two experienced widemen remain in his plans.

“While everyone is here they are part of the group,” Potter said.