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Cooper should finally give this 21-y/o a run in the Swansea first-team: Comment

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Yan Dhanda scored his third goal of the season at the weekend.

Swansea City were a goal down against Derby County, when Steve Cooper brought on Dhanda for only his 10th league appearance of the season.

Ten-minutes after doing so, the ex-Liverpool youngster was on the score-sheet, levelling things for the home side before Kyle Naughton put them 2-1 ahead, two-minutes later.

But the Rams clawed a further two goals back to claim a fine 3-2 win in South Wales, keeping the Swans’ top-six hopes on hold.

Cooper’s arrival in the summer saw Swansea have an unprecedentedly impressive start to the season – they’d won seven of their opening eight in all competitions and asserted themselves as the league’s earliest contenders for automatic promotion.

But the wheels quickly fell off and in spectacular fashion.

Swansea couldn’t buy a win at times throughout the first-half of the season, but after a hugely exciting transfer window, which saw Rhian Brewster, Conor Gallagher and Marc Guehi all join on-loan, Cooper looks to have reignited their hopes of a top-six finish.

But for all the talent that Swansea have, especially in the attacking departments, Dhanda is a player who deserves much more credit and much more game-time than he gets.

His role at Swansea since joining in 2018 has been sporadic.

He joined from Liverpool and with a reputation as a sprightly, young midfielder with an eye for goal. His first season at the club saw him make just five league appearances but he’s made double that amount under Cooper, scoring some important goals along the way.

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The one against Derby at the weekend was his third of the campaign, and his second in his last three appearances.

It looked as though he was set for a quiet second-half of the season with the arrival of Gallagher from Chelsea, but he’s had a fairly subdued start to life in Swansea, and maybe Dhanda is being overlooked?

Dhanda has proven in his short-spells on the pitch this season that he’s able to produce at this level. He’s a goal-scoring midfielder and this level, they’re really hard to come by.

Swansea aren’t a team who score loads of goals and they could certainly do with a few more people in the starting line-up who know where the goal is.

The visit of QPR tonight could be the ideal opportunity for Cooper to rest maybe Gallagher, George Byers or even Andre Ayew, and give Dhanda a rare start.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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