The Chalkboard: Graham Potter must keep Daniel James in the Swans XI to face Leeds

Swansea City face a tough trip to Leeds United on Wednesday, when they will have the chance to climb into the top half of the Championship table. The clash, though, gives Swans boss Graham Potter a tough call to make and, if he wants to get a result, he may have to take a huge risk when it comes to his team selection.

On the chalkboard

Having emerged victors of their game with Millwall on Saturday, Swansea will be hoping to build on that against Marcelo Bielsa’s men, while the Argentine, whose side have slipped to second in the standings after a string of poor results, will want to regain the lead at the top of the table.

The Swans’ clash with the Lions saw a return to the starting XI for Daniel James – the Welsh international looked set to join Leeds last month but a deal fell through at the final hurdle, with the winger stranded at Elland Road despite having taken all necessary steps to complete the move.

Will Potter risk starting the 20-year-old against the team he was so desperate to join last month?

A risk worth taking

The Liberty Stadium outfit are currently in some disarray – the high-profile departures of Jefferson Montero, Tom Carroll and Wilfried Bony in January, sanctioned by the club’s American owners, have resulted in chairman of 17 years Huw Jenkins stepping down.

Saturday’s match began with protests from the Swans faithful but their frowns were turned upside down as George Byers scored his first home goal in white.

James returned on the wing – where he has chalked up two goals and four assists in the league – but could easily be dropped to the bench next time out if Potter feels that his head isn’t in the right place.

Amidst the confusion and frustration in South Wales, though, Potter must show the fans a semblance of continuity by keeping the number 20 in the line-up.

Leaving him out would be an easy escape for Potter and so he must give James the chance on Wednesday, thereby proving his and the club’s strength during what is a testing period.

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