Talking Tactics | Swansea City v Northampton Town
Following the opening two league games of the season, attention turns to the Carabao Cup as Swansea City seek progression to the next round of the competition.
While the tournament will distract from league duties, winning breeds confidence and the Swans will be aiming to add another victory under Steve Cooper when they welcome Northampton to the Liberty Stadium.
The Swans have previous with Northampton too having won their last two home meetings with the Cobblers.
It’s important for Swansea not to rest on their laurels, but having won their opening home game of the season, that a 2-1 win over Hull, Cooper will be confident of overseeing yet another home victory as the Swans maintain their superb record in South Wales.
In a meeting with lower league opposition, Cooper may see it as an opportunity to hand fringe players the chance to impress and stake a claim for a regular starting spot.
One of those pushing for a place in the starting XI is Kristoffer Peterson, who joined from Eredivisie side Heracles over the summer.
The Swede enjoyed a fine season with Heracles prior to his move to Swansea as he scored 12 and assisted five for the Dutch side to help return a WhoScored.com rating of 7.05.The winger will be looking to transfer that excellent club form to Wales and it could prove that Peterson will be a valuable asset in the Swans’ season.
Having developed a statistically-calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘finishing’, the goal threat he provides from out wide adds another dimension to the Swansea attack. A return of 2.2 successful dribbles per game in the Eredivisie was commendable, with the 24-year-old able to not only ghost past opponents, but put them to the sword with relative ease too.
Against a Northampton outfit that struggles to shut opponents out, Peterson will relish the opportunity to not only bag his first goal in British football, but prove his qualities to his new manager in a bid to secure a regular starting berth.
He proved his goalscoring credentials for a Heracles side that challenged for a Europa League finish and the hope for both player and club is that he can successfully carry that goalscoring threat from the Netherlands to Wales.
As and when he gets up and running, the goals will surely flow and if he can rediscover the form that rendered him such a valuable asset for Heracles, then Cooper has a fine attacking player at his disposal and one that’ll undoubtedly aid the club in their hopes of returning to the Premier League.
Every player has to start somewhere and if Swansea are to breeze past Northampton, then it’s likely that Peterson will have played a central role in victory.