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Swansea City will be targeting their third consecutive victory when they travel to face Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday following narrow successes against Cardiff and Wigan in their last two games.
Steve Cooper’s side were on a concerning run of one win in seven matches prior to the South Wales derby in late October, but their 1-0 win against their bitter rivals appears to have reignited the form which saw them win five of their first six matches this season.
The Swansea boss has named the same starting line-up for the last two matches with the likes of Jay Fulton, Borja Baston and Connor Roberts having recently lost their spots in the side after regularly starting earlier in the campaign.
This occurred following the Swans’ miserable 3-0 defeat to Brentford in the week leading up to the Cardiff clash, with these three players all dropping to the bench after a lacklustre Swansea showing at the Liberty Stadium.
The trio will now be determined to regain their place in the side over the coming matches, but it seems unlikely that Cooper will change a winning formula ahead of the trip to Hillsborough at the weekend.
Should Connor Roberts start for Swansea against Sheffield Wednesday?
However, there is one key decision that Cooper will perhaps be considering after the Wigan match. Roberts came off the bench to play a right-midfield role at the DW Stadium, and he instigated Swansea’s late victory with an excellent cross for Sam Surridge to head home.
The Wales international’s all-round strong performance after coming off the bench means he might well be challenging for a starting spot in Swansea’s next match, but it will admittedly be difficult for Cooper to drop either Nathan Dyer or Kyle Naughton from the starting line-up.
Both players have displayed strong performances in the last two matches, with Dyer particularly impressing after scoring the opening goal during the Wigan victory, and it would be harsh on either player to be left out of the Owls clash.
Having said this, Roberts is capable of being one of the stand-out performers in this Swansea side when he is at his best, and he will surely be determined to prove himself after losing his place in the side during recent matches.
The 24-year-old’s quality means he will surely earn a return to the side sooner rather than later, but Cooper must now decide if that time has now come, or whether he should stick with the same starting eleven which has won the last two games.