Date: 13th April 2017 at 9:21pm
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With the news confirmed that Jack Cork is out for Saturday’s trip to Watford, is it time for Leon Britton to return to the starting line-up?

I would imagine that the majority of Swans fans would agree and welcome him back in with open arms, but I have doubts that manager Paul Clement will deliver what most of us want this weekend.

That’s mainly because Leon Britton hasn’t even been amongst the substitutes under Paul Clement – it’s Ki who’s been coming on off the bench in games – and the idea of him starting instead of Cork – in that defensive role – worries me….a lot.

Ki, like Fer, is one of those players that shouldn’t be played as a holding midfielder, yet has done quite often this season. Thankfully, Fer can play further forward in a midfield trio, but with him and Carroll in there, there’s no room for a Ki-type player. Not to mention that he’s not the sort of player you want during a relegation fight.

The only other alternative to Leon Britton, is youngster Jay Fulton – who was in favour with former boss Bob Bradley, but was instantly cast aside following Clement’s arrival. Considering Leon Britton’s fitness dropping with age, is Fulton a better option?

I liked Fulton for the majority of games during Bradley’s forgetful reign, but there were moments when he did show his inexperience and I feel we’ll need a player who’s been there and done it before – not to mention a player whose experience, attitude and desire will (hopefully) rub off on his team-mates around him. Without Ashley Williams, we seriously lack a leader. The West Ham display was embarrassing and you couldn’t be blamed for failing to see how we can turn things around after that game, as we looked dead and buried – void of any confidence and ability to create goalscoring chances.

It’s possible to cater for Cork’s absence without making a like for like change – and instead changing formation – moving away from 4-3-3 – but Paul Clement really doesn’t come across as a manager who’s prepared to take such a risk. With Cork out, you could possibly have Carroll and Fer in a 4-2-3-1, move Sigurdsson to his preferred number 10 role – behind Llorente, and have Narsingh and Ayew on the wings. I’ll be shocked if that’s what Clement decides to do, but I’d hope it’s something he’ll consider during a game at least if a change is needed.

Who should replace Cork? Should Clement move Sigurdsson back into the middle and switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation at Watford? Let us know what you think in the comments below…