'There's more to come from Bersant'

5th October 2018
First team

Bersant Celina faces old club Ipswich Town this weekend with Graham Potter tipping the midfielder to get better and better at Swansea City.

Celina has been a mainstay of Potter’s Swans side so far this season, starting every Championship game bar the two he missed after picking up an ankle ligament injury.

The Kosovan international joined the Swans from Manchester City in the summer having enjoyed a season-long loan stint with Ipswich last season.

Celina scored eight goals in 38 appearances for the Tractor Boys, a return which persuaded Potter to bring him to Wales.

And Potter believes the 22-year-old will prove to be a key man for the Swans.

“Bersant is an important player for us,” said the Swans manager.

“We are happy with him and how he has settled in.

“I think there’s more to come from him – I am sure he would say the same – but he is influencing the game more and more for us.

“He is still young but I think people can see his qualities and his attributes.

“He has a great desire to play football and it is nice to work with someone like that.”

Celina is likely to start once again when the Swans take on Ipswich at the Liberty on Saturday (3pm).

Paul Hurst’s team have made a slow start to the season, taking only six points from their first 11 league games.

They are yet to win a Championship game in 2018-19, but Potter insists that only the Swans’ best will do if they are to claim a third home victory of the campaign.

“It’s another difficult game for us, as is always the case in the Championship,” he said.

“Ipswich are down at the wrong end of the table at the moment and they will be fighting to turn that around.

“They have got good players and a good manager who arrived in the summer. Sometimes it takes a bit of time to have that transition period.

“But Ipswich finished in mid-table last season and they are a great club with great history.

“Everyone says the Championship is an unpredictable league and the table does not mean anything. We have full respect for Ipswich and we know we will have to play well, as in every game, to get a result.”