Swansea City have lost considerable ground in their quest for a play-off spot over the last few weeks following a run of form which has seen them fail tow in any of their last five matches.
Steve Cooper’s side started the year in impressive fashion following wins over Charlton and Wigan in addition to a solid point against Cardiff, but their form has since suffered a dip which has seen them claim two points from their last three matches.
The latest setback came during their 4-4 draw with Hull on Friday night which saw Tigers striker Tom Eaves net late on to seal a point, with this leaving Cooper’s men five points adrift of the top six with 13 games to play in a rollercoaster campaign.
There can be no doubt that Swansea will need to make a marked improvement on their performances if they are to challenge for a top-six spot, and this would require some of their key men to step up after relatively underwhelming seasons so far.
Here, we take a look at two players who need to improve ahead of the final run-in…
Celina established himself as a key figure under former boss Graham Potter at the Liberty Stadium last term, but the former Manchester City man has struggled to reach the same heights this campaign despite remaining a regular starter.
Cooper has often alternated between using Celina as a left winger and a central attacking midfielder, but the Swans boss has seemingly not been able to get the best out of the Kosovo international since his impressive first month of the season.
There can be no doubt that Celina is one of the most talented players in this Swansea side, and he could make a serious difference to Swansea’s play-off hopes if he can learn to unlock the same level of creativity that saw him excel last campaign.
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Roberts has started the vast majority of Swansea’s games this term, and while he has shown glimpses of the kind of form which saw him establish himself as a key figure last season, he has struggled to achieve a strong level of consistency in his displays.
This has seen Cooper occasionally leave the Wales international out of his starting line-ups of late, with Roberts having been left on the bench during the Swans’ 4-4 draw with Hull on Friday night, with Kyle Naughton starting ahead of him at right-back.
Roberts has already displayed his impressive attacking and defensive qualities in a Swansea shirt, and he can has all the tools to become a real asset to this Swansea side in the final months of the season if he can just add more consistency to his game.