Swansea City enter the international break in a strong run of form having sealed seven points from their last three matches against Cardiff, Wigan and Sheffield Wednesday to see them move to fourth in the table.
Steve Cooper’s side had been on a concerning run which had seen them win just once in seven matches, but their derby victory over Cardiff kickstarted a promising run of results against a trio of difficult sides.
The most recent of these matches saw Swansea seal a 2-2 draw against Wednesday at Hillsborough courtesy of Ben Wilmot’s stoppage-time effort after Andre Ayew had initially given the Welsh side the lead in the first half.
The Swansea boss has named an unchanged side for all three of these outings despite choosing to rotate his options in previous weeks, and it certainly appears as though he has settled on his new first-choice selection for now.
This line-up has included the notable omission of a group of players who were playing regularly at the start of the season including the likes of Borja Baston, Jay Fulton and Connor Roberts, but the current set-up appears to be working well for the Swans.
One of the areas where Swansea have seemed to improve in recent weeks has been central midfield, with George Byers and Matt Grimes operating in holding roles behind Bersant Celina, who has been in a more attacking position.
Should Cooper opt for Grimes and Byers as his preferred midfield combination?
Byers and Grimes have provided excellent balance to Swansea’s midfield as they are both capable of controlling play from the centre of the pitch, while they are also determined to win the ball back when possession has been lost.
They have delivered a noticeably brighter midfield performance compared to when Fulton started alongside Grimes. The former Falkirk man has produced some solid showings this term, but Byers certainly possesses more drive and excitement from deep in midfield.
The newly-established duo are Cooper’s best option going forward if he wants his side to control the game by playing through the midfield, and Fulton could then be called upon if Swansea are trying to see out the game at the death.
The fact Byers and Grimes have both started Swansea’s last three matches suggests Cooper is aware of what their partnership can add to the team, and it seems likely this pairing will now start for the foreseeable future.