Swansea City boss Graham Potter has work to do ahead of new season after pre-season defeatsby Steve Chambers / 25 July 2018, 12:25Tweet
Swansea City lost 2-1 to Eibar in a pre-season friendly yesterday, and it means that the Welsh club have failed to win in any of their warm-up games on tour ahead of the new Championship campaign, and following a lack of movement in the transfer market it has left some questioning new manager Graham Potter.
Relegated from the Premier League last season, Swansea have had to start a rebuilding job, and Potter has joined the Swans to try and manufacture their path back into the top-flight after Carlos Carvalhal left the club at the end of last season.
Potter's first two pre-season tour games saw Swansea play two 60-minute games against Serie A side Genoa and hosts Magdeburg, who play their football in the 2. Bundesliga. Having drawn the match with Genoa 1-1, Swansea then lost a penalty shootout 4-3, while they played out a goalless draw with Magdeburg before losing 4-2 on spot-kicks.
The Swans have been on tour in Germany and Austria ahead of the new Championship season, and Eibar were the third opponents on their schedule, but another defeat has left Swans fans questioning their new boss, and with a game against Bundesliga side Freiburg on Friday then the former Ostersunds boss will be eager to pick up a first win at the helm at the Liberty Stadium ahead of the new season next month.
Following relegation from the Premier League, Swansea are going to have to tighten up their finances significantly, and the calibre of player they are able to attract to south Wales is sure to be lower in quality, but the lack of movement in the transfer market has had some fans questioning whether or not Potter can get them back into the top-flight.
Potter has already stated that he wants to try and bring through youth players this season, but having gained a significant windfall from selling Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton for £40m then Swans fans are eager for their club to spend a bit of money ahead of the new season in the second tier, and Potter will need to quickly find the winning way at Swansea, if he is to push for promotion this season.
“Today was a really useful test for us. The boys have been great all week – they are getting closer together and that’s another positive.”— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) 24 July 2018
Watch Graham Potter’s post-match reaction to tonight’s game https://t.co/HYD5HAF1eN #SwansTour