The Chalkboard: The return of Bony and Montero should propel Swansea up the league

Swansea beat Bolton 1-0 on Saturday and the mood of manager Graham Potter will have been boosted even further by the return of both Wilfred Bony and Jefferson Montero from injury.

Premier League quality

Both Bony and Montero came off the bench at the University of Bolton Stadium on the weekend, but once fully fit they should have the quality to propel the Swans up from their current standing of eighth in the Championship.

The two players were both signed during Swansea’s time in the Premier League and there is no doubt that they are both still of that quality.

Bony is in his second stint with the Welsh side having returned from a three-year spell at Manchester City that also included a year-long loan spell with Swansea’s then Premier League, and now Championship, rivals Stoke City.

Montero is an Ecuadorian international with an impressive 63 caps and 10 goals for his country. The wide man was signed from Mexican side Monarcas Morelia in the summer of 2014.

Squad depth

For Potter, having the pair return at the same time will be like making a couple of new signings as his side head into the busy Christmas period.

Thanks to the amount of games and the league’s physical nature, Championship clubs need a strong squad. 29-year-old Bony then will provide competition for the in-form Oliver McBurnie up front, whilst winger Montero will go up against youngster Daniel James for the spot out on the left wing.

With Bony also having 52 caps for his country the Ivory Coast, the two players are extremely experienced and will no doubt be a handful for most Championship defenders, and if Potters sticks with a system that incorporates one striker it would be no surprise to see the two 29-year-olds start ahead of McBurnie and James, despite the fine seasons the younger duo have had to date.