Swansea City head coach Steve Cooper cuts an exasperated figure on the touchline against Bristol City

Swansea City may be in a good position in the league, sitting four points behind an automatic promotion position with two games in hand, but falling to heavy defeats at the hands of Huddersfield Town and Bristol City in recent weeks has prompted the Swansea City faithful to start asking questions regarding head coach Steve Cooper’s reluctance to rotate the starting eleven.

Steve Cooper has done a remarkable job in SA1 since taking over from Graham Potter in 2019, reaching the play-off semi-finals last season before putting this Swansea City team in an excellent position to gain promotion back to the Premier League.

However, with performances understandably taking a dip due to a congested schedule, Cooper has failed to freshen up the team. With reason though, according to Steve Cooper, who has spoken on the matter to BBC Sport Wales.

“It doesn’t matter if they are (tired) or they are not – it’s the season and the schedule we are in. Even if they are, it doesn’t mean you can’t play well and win, so it’s irrelevant really whether they are or they aren’t.”

The Welshman is failing to make excuses for performances, evidently believing that the players he chooses are the right fit to win the game, even if that has not been the case in recent weeks, bar a narrow home win against Coventry City.

Although other teams in the Championship are also going through a congested fixture list, clubs like Brentford, Norwich and Watford are managing their players better – which appears to be paying dividends.

The former England U17 manager’s stubbornness to rotate the team or to even utilise substitutions effectively appears to be hindering his team in the most important period of the season.

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