Swansea City v QPR Press Conference Quick Read
Graham Potter met reporters on Thursday ahead of Swansea City against Queens Park Rangers this weekend. Swansea come into the game after a tough run of form, with 2 draws and a defeat from their last 3 games. Potter will be hoping the Swans can bounce back at home this weekend, against a side who has struggled at times this season.
Bet UK has a number of price boosts for the game against QPR, including Swansea to win and both teams to score, boosted from 10/3 to 4/1*.
Swansea City Injury Update
Swansea have been in a bit of injury crisis in recent weeks, following 3 games in 1 week that has damaged an already thin squad. Graham Potter could provide Swans fans with some welcome news however.
“Everybody is making progress. Bersant has been training fully and Leroy has been a part of the group. Both should be available at different stages in terms of game time, but they have made good progress.”
Leroy Fer will be hoping to be back on the teamsheet soon, with Potter admitting that his presence is being missed at times.
“He is captain, he has played well when available and you miss his presence, he is in important player who brings physicality” Potter told reporters. “We are still in a position where he is not available for 90 minutes every game. We have managed his minutes to a point, and we hope we can build again in a way that lets him play as often as possible.”
Swansea City’s Attacking Issues
After just 7 goals in 9 matches, Swansea’s attacking talent has come into question recently.
“It’s always a concern. We want to play good attacking football, we have played well , but not well enough. Again, we have had chances, but not as many as we would like.
Potter didn’t shy away from the fact that his team should be doing better, and wasn’t prepared to create any excuses.
“We haven’t had the most settled group, with knock and injuries, as well as 3 matches in a week. But we need to play better to sustain more attacks, and create more chances to improve our attacking play. We need to create more and be better.”
Looking ahead to QPR
QPR are the first game of a more favourable run for Swansea, but another week in which they will play 3 times. Graham Potter was asked whether or not this would effect his team selection.
“We will select the team against QPR that we think can win. We will then focus on the next match. Having 3 matches in a week makes you better, better as a group and as a team.”
The visit of QPR also sees the return of Swans legend Angel Rangel, who makes his first visit to the Liberty Stadium since his summer exit. Potter used this opportunity to clear up the defender’s summer exit.
“It’s a difficult one, we don’t want to get into a conversation through the media.” Potter told us. “From my perspective, the decision had been made at a club level with Angel, for both parties to move on.”
“It made sense, we had Connor Roberts at right back, Kyle Naughton already contracted to the club. To take 3 right backs into the Championship when we are trying to adjust financially isn’t viable.”
Potter’s Reaction To David Cotterill
Ex Swans winger David Cotterill spoke in the media this week about his battle with depression as a footballer. Potter praised Cotterill for talking about his issues, questioning whether clubs could do more.
“Typically, our football culture is assertive, dominant, masculine. If someone has a problem with how they think, it’s the same as if they have a problem with a muscle. It’s not about strength and weakness, we need an environment where people can ask for help”
“Football clubs provide physios and sports scientists, but maybe there is an area to expand there and help the mental health of the players aswell.”
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