Potter's salute to Norwich

23rd November 2018
First team

Graham Potter has tipped his hat to Norwich City as Swansea City get set to face the Championship leaders at the Liberty on Saturday (3pm).

The Swans will look to bank a fourth win in five games this weekend after triumphs over Blackburn, Reading and Bolton in their last four outings.

But Potter’s men will face one of their biggest tests of the season so far against a Canaries side who are in sparkling form.

Norwich head to Wales on the back of five successive victories, while they have lost just one of their last 12 Championship games.

And Potter reckons the Carrow Road club are reaping the benefits of their decision to keep faith in boss Daniel Farke even when they were struggling for form last season.

“Norwich have won five in a row and you can see why,” said the Swans manager.

“They have really clear concepts of how they want to play and they are well organised.

“As a club I think they should be applauded. They have faced some similar decisions to us in terms of responding to relegation from the Premier League.

“They took a brave path, choosing to go a certain way, and they have a way to work.

“The coach was under pressure last year but the owners and the board provided stability and now they are getting the rewards.

“They are top of the league and looking good and we know this game will be a tough challenge for us.”

Norwich’s surge to the top of the table has been spearheaded by Finnish international striker Teemu Pukki, who has scored 10 times in 16 appearances since joining the club on a free transfer in the summer.

Ex-Ipswich forward Jordan Rhodes, who is on a season-long loan from Sheffield Wednesday, has also been in the goals for a team who have won plaudits for their style of football.

“They have some attacking players who are a real threat and they are organised all over the pitch,” Potter added.

“Daniel has recruited well. He has done a great job there. They know how they want to attack and how they want to defend.”