Preview | Swansea City U18s v Sheffield Wednesday U18s
Byron Anthony believes the Professional Development League is giving Swansea City Under-18s a flavour of what to expect at senior level.
The U18s play their third game in the space of eight days when they host Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday in Landore (11am).
A demanding schedule saw them play eight games in April, which has seen a number if under-15 and under-16 players utilised in that time.
They go into Saturday’s game on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Bristol City, which ended a four-match unbeaten run.
Anthony is expecting a different type of test against the Owls, and that, on top of the recent flurry of fixtures, is giving his squad an idea of what to expect if they progress to the senior stage.
“The category 2 programme is a reality of the senior system, so it’s a great experience for our lads,” said Anthony.
“The players have to learn to adapt, and that develops them further as players.
“The players were off on Thursday, just because of the relentless schedule and the travelling we’ve done recently. But that gives them another idea of what to expect if they progress through the ranks.
“As will this game, which will be another tough game. Sheffield Wednesday will be a physical team and direct, so it will a good test for us.
“With the packed schedule and different styles of opposition we face, it’s a great learning curve for the players.”
The Swans could welcome back Kai Ludvigsen for Saturday’s game. The centre-back has been sidelined with an abductor issue, but could be in contention for selection.