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The Swansea City ace who now faces a battle to regain his place in Steve Cooper’s side

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player view’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the perspective on the situation at hand…

Swansea City sealed a narrow 1-0 victory over South Wales rivals Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon after head coach Steve Cooper had made a total of six changes to his side.

Ben Wilmot was on target in the 24th minute to seal an all-important victory for the Liberty Stadium outfit, with the Watford loanee making his first league start for the club in place of the injured Joe Rodon.

The Welsh international was one of a number of regular starters to miss out on Sunday as Cooper decided to make wholesale changes to the starting line-up following their miserable 3-0 defeat to Brentford in midweek.

Rodon’s absence may have been enforced after he suffered a fresh ankle injury against Brentford in midweek, but Cooper also made a number of tactical changes to his side with one of these seeing Connor Roberts lose his place in defence.

The right-back started 10 of Swansea’s first 11 league matches this campaign, but he has now been left on the bench for two of the last three matches with Cooper preferring to start with Kyle Naughton and Jake Bidwell in the full-back slots.

Does Connor Roberts deserve to regain his right-back slot for Swansea?

Yes

Yes

No

No

This denied Roberts the opportunity to feature in his first South Wales derby and, although he would have been delighted to see his side claim the victory, it would have been frustrating for him to not be involved in such a high-profile occasion.

Roberts has climbed through Swansea’s academy ranks to now become a regular for the first team, and he would have been eager to make his mark in the derby as someone who understands the significance of the match.

However, the 24-year-old cannot afford to dwell on this too much. The most important thing for him now is to re-establish himself in Cooper’s side after losing his place in recent weeks, with Naughton pushing hard for a starting place.

This is the first time Roberts’ starting place has come under any real doubt since he cemented his spot in the Swansea side at the start of last season, and he now faces a fight in order to regain his place and get back on track.

Sunday’s strong performances from Bidwell and Naughton will not have helped his cause, but Roberts will possess the confidence in his abilities to know that he can still regain his starting place in the not-too-distant future.


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