The Daily Swan – 21st July

Tammy makes the perfect start

As with the 2-2 draw with Philadelphia Union, it is wise to not read too much into a pre-season friendly that includes around twenty players featuring for the Swans. There was however some encouragement to be found in Swansea’s 2-1 win over Richmond Kickers.

Chief among them was the goalscoring debut of loan striker Tammy Abraham. Abraham has joined the Swans on loan looking for first-team appearances that would not be forthcoming at Chelsea, and if he can continue the tremendous work ethic he showed in Wednesday night’s friendly into the start of the season proper, he will be pushing hard for a first team spot, whether in the place of Fernando Llorente or alongside the Spaniard at the head of a diamond.

Abraham was perfectly placed to add a cool headed finish on the end of a brilliant team move. Jordan Ayew swept the ball out wide to Martin Olsson, who volleyed a cross into the six-yard box, and Abraham rose well to score his first goal for Swansea.

One thing is clear, Swansea have a potentially fantastic striker on their books for this season. It’s up to them to use him effectively.

Barrow benched as he nears the exit

In Swansea’s first stateside friendly, Paul Clement changed all ten outfield players to ensure every player was given a chance to impress. Meanwhile, on Wednesday night, Clement used nine of his outfield substitutions, leaving one player on the bench: Modou Barrow. It seemed a strange decision, but was seemingly explained by the emergence of a transfer rumour that linked Modou Barrow with a £1.25 million move to Reading.

If said rumour is true, it is difficult not to see it as a good move for all parties. Barrow will be given the chance to develop his game, and add an end product to his raw pace and skill, while Swansea will offload one winger who they cannot afford to give the necessary game time to. Playing regularly in the Championship offers Barrow a less pressurised opportunity to play his way into form, and offloading one winger who was unlikely to feature in the team will make some extra room in Paul Clement’s squad.

Should he add another winger? That is yet to be decided, it seems.

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