'We'll find out about ourselves'

16th October 2018
First team

Graham Potter is urging Swansea City to relish the challenge that awaits when they go to Aston Villa this weekend.

The Swans will look to maintain their good away form as they return to action after the international break.

But Potter reckons his players will face a stern test against a Villa side who will be under new management.

Dean Smith was unveiled at Villa Park on Monday having left Brentford to take charge at his boyhood club.

He will be joined by former Villa skipper John Terry and long-time assistant Richard O’Kelly in the home dugout this weekend.

As well as welcoming their new management team, the home crowd will pay tribute to former chairman Sir Doug Ellis, who passed away last week.

“I think probably Aston Villa has gone from an environment where the atmosphere may have been a bit negative to one that is going to be very positive,” said Swans boss Potter.

“They have a new manager and John Terry returning to the club. There will also be a bit of emotion around following the sad passing of Doug Ellis.

“That will all make for a really tough but positive challenge for us.

“You find out a lot about yourself in this kind of game.”

Potter believes Villa have made a shrewd move by appointing Smith.

“Dean has done a great job at Brentford and he previously did a great job at Walsall,” he added.

“It’s no surprise to me that they have looked for someone of his calibre. He is a good manager and I am sure he will do well.”