Date: 20th October 2018 at 7:04pm
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Only a few weeks ago we wrote an article about whether some fans were right about the need for Graham Potter to make fewer team changes and settle on his strongest team – and after today’s 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa, we can’t help but feel that that question needs asking again as many are beginning to lose patience on social media with the manager’s constant tinkering.

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After a two-week break, Potter made another five changes for the trip to Aston Villa but not only that – he also used yet another formation – this time a 3-4-3 as he gave under-23s defender Cian Harries his full debut alongside Rodon and van der Hoorn.

The other changes saw Martin Olsson slotting in at left-wing back and Fulton and Fer both returning in midfield.

So far, more often than not, Potter’s decisions in terms of starting eleven and formation have worked well but the back three just wasn’t effective at all in the first half. It wasn’t until he switched things back to a back four early in the second half did we see some good passing football and some good chances being created.

A lot of the blame for the result at Villa Park today went Potter’s way from Swans fans for his decision making. The formation being one, the 5 player changes and the decision to stick with goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt despite his far from convincing display in the 3-2 home defeat against Ipswich in our last game a fortnight ago.

They were strange decisions you’d have to say. Keeping Nordfeldt in the team frustrated many but giving Harries his debut away at a place liked Aston Villa was also a huge surprise. Potter even admitted that it was a “challenging atmosphere”:

“It’s a challenging atmosphere here,” 

“Congratulations to Aston Villa for the way they set the environment up and the tribute to Sir Doug Ellis, which I thought was very nicely done.

“The home crowd had a new manager to get behind and we had a lot of things to deal with.

In Potter’s defence, changes are going to be needed to keep players fresh – particularly when you’re facing three fixtures in an eight-game window but do we really need to keep using so many different systems? Is Potter simply using the formation and players that he feels best suits the opposition or is there an element of still not knowing his best and strongest XI? I’d argue that it isn’t the latter as he was pretty much the same at Ostersund where he liked players who were comfortable and flexible to cope with his constant changes.

Today’s first-half performance though showed that a back three or back five system is one to forget. We just didn’t look comfortable in it and within minutes of switching back, we were pretty much a different side. Leroy Fer and Lay Fulton both struggled to help us play our possession-based passing game but Matt Grimes and Tom Carroll later came on to help us begin to enjoy some lengthy spells with the ball on the deck.

Potter got it wrong today and he really needs to find a way to somehow get more goals out of his team. It’s a tough ask given the tools that he’s been left to work with after the Summer exodus of players. I also think we’ve got to bear in mind that it’s pretty much a new squad here after 15 or 16 players left in pre-season and only one player has come in and made any impact (Celina).

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3 Replies to “The Question That Needs Asking Again As Some Fans Begin To Lose Patience With Potter’s Constant Changes”

  • Potter obviously played for a draw today. Three at the back and five across midfield gives credence to that. But to play a youngster in defence who had never even had a sniff of the first team, was absolutely stupid. On top of that he kept with Nordfeldt who had an absolute mare against Ipswich, when we had a goalkeeper in Mulder who was in top form before being dropped against Wigan. But the thing that got me is the fact that he didn’t have a forward on the bench which was full of midfielders. What on earth does Baker – Richardson think I dread to think. He had one start against QPR, scored a goal and then the manager forgot about him completely. Potter says we could have done better, well include yourself in that Potter. The only place we are going if he keeps this up is to Division 1. Don’t delude yourselves Swans fans, he is struggling.

    • Yes he has lost the plot with no help from them two Kaplan&Levin who are he’ll bent on getting as much money out of our club to invest in D.C. United they are willing to pay millions to get players to come to the club over there while at our expense and that HJ is nothing more than a big lier in what he said after the take over broken promises by him just to keep his job as chairman the man can not get enough out of our club the parasite.

  • Well GP is not living up to his reputations in the way he is managing the Swans does he not get on with some of his young players dropping them when they are playing well what is wrong with the man no wonder some of the players are very reluctant to sign new contracts what more can they do having owners who are very reluctant to invest in the club only to take money out to keep D.C. United going and pay them players over there fantastic wages there must be some people out there who can help us get rid of these parasites and that Judas of HJ before it is to late we are all ready down to 17th in the league and not playing with a STRICKER so how are we going to score goals we have been crying out for one for a long time and that lot are blind to it do the board know much about football or just about how much money they can take out of the club.

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