Swansea City West Ham Under-21s Premier League Division Two
9th February 2016
Swansea City Under-21s travel to Rush Green to face West Ham in Barclays Premier League Division Two on Wednesday (7pm).
The Swans go into the game off the back of their 0-0 draw at table-toppers Arsenal in January before a 1-0 friendly win at Wimbledon last week.
Despite picking up a point against the Gunners, coach Gary Richards believes the Swans could have taken a win with the chances they created.
"We picked up a good point which could have been more," he said. "We created a number of chances but we needed to be more clinical in front of goal, and that is something we have worked on this week.
"Saying that our performance against Arsenal was very good and we know we need to follow it up with a similar display against West Ham."
Midfielder Ryan Blair, who featured in the friendly win over Wimbledon is hoping to make his competitive debut for the U21s after his transfer from Scottish side Falkirk, though the development squad will be without defender Daniel Alfei and midfielder Ryan Hedges.
Both players joined Mansfield and Stevenage for loan spells before the January transfer window shut.
Meanwhile Kenji Gorre - the Under-21s' top scorer last season - has returned to SA1 from his loan with Dutch side ADO Den Haag but at this stage is unlikely to be involved in the game.
Despite that, Richards believes it will be a difficult decision naming the starting XI.
"Despite the absentees, we still have a strong squad to pick from," Richards added. "Everyone wants to play, which gives myself and Cameron (Toshack) a selection headache.
"It is a good feeling to have because we would rather have more players to choose from than less."
SWANS U21 SQUAD (from): Josh Vickers, Gregor Zabret, Oliver Davies, Raheem Hanley, Alex Gogic, Liam Shephard, Keston Davies, Lee Lucas, Alex Bray, Joe Rodon, Stephen Kingsley, Ryan Blair, Josh Sheehan, Jay Fulton, Adam King, Matt Grimes, Daniel James, Adnan Maric, Tom Holland, Owain Jones, Henry Jones, Kyle Copp, Botti Biabi, Oliver McBurnie.