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Key Swansea man’s return could help re-ignite top six challenge: Comment

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Swansea City have been without Joe Rodon since the end of October but now as the young Welshman returns to fitness, will he be able to boost his side back into the play-off spots?

After 19 games of the season, Swansea City find themselves in 8th-place of the Championship. On the face of it, Steve Cooper has done pretty well since arriving in the summer but fans will think that they should be much higher up the table.

Swansea showed in the opening stages of the campaign that they’re capable of breaking out of this league. They won seven of their opening eight in all competitions and looked a good bet for promotion to the Premier League but in the weeks since, a mixed bag of results has seen them slowly but surely slip out of the top-six.

Back-to-back wins going into November put Cooper’s side back on track – a win in the Welsh derby followed by an away win at Wigan had them right back in the mix at the top of the Championship table but they’re winless since then.

Swansea now have five home losses this season having lost their last two against Millwall and most recently Fulham, and the absence of Rodon has never seemed so pivotal to the side’s performances.

The 22-year-old has missed the last six games since suffering a tendon injury in Swansea’s 3-0 home loss to Brentford in October but is close to a return to action.

He’s adored by Swans’ fans and many believe that he’ll one day captain club and country. It’s his second season in the Swansea first-team having graduated through their academy – he made 27 league appearances last season and played every minute of Swansea’s Championship campaign before his injury.

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No team this season has been more frustrating to watch than Swansea. They’ve shown on occasions that they belong in the Premier League but never has a team been so inconsistent in their performances, and that’s been their biggest downfall.

The return of Rodon will give the whole club a boost. His defensive capabilities are as good as anyone’s in the Championship and he certainly looks like a player who’ll have a big career on both the club and international stage.

He could well be the man who comes into the line-up and steadies the ship, and sees Swansea back into the top-six and back challenging with the leagues big boys.


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

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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