Swansea under-23s kick-start their season on Monday night
Dan James in action last season. (Photo: Swansea City A.F.C.)

Swansea City under-23s will begin their season against West Brom under-23s tonight at 7pm at Landore.

This is Swansea’s first game of the season in the new rebranded Premier League 2 (Division 2).

The young Swans finished last season in third place, in the playoffs before they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa.

Swansea’s under-23 side enjoyed a successful pre-season, including a tour in Scotland, beating sides Morton and Falkirk.

Team news

Coaches Cameron Toshack and Gary Richards will have new signings Tyler Reid and George Byers available for the fixture, but Adam King, Josh Vickers and Liam Shephard will miss the game after being loaned out.

Sides are also allowed to feature three overage players in each game, meaning players that didn’t get any gametime in Swansea’s opening day win over Burnley may play.

Mark Birighitti, Mike van der Hoorn, Franck Tabanou and Marvin Emnes would be the most likely senior players to play a part.

McBurnie in action. | Image source: Wales
McBurnie in action. | Image source: Wales

Players to keep an eye on

Oliver McBurnie and Joe Rodon were the two most impressive youngsters on the senior squad’s pre-season American tour.

McBurnie competed with departed forward Andre Ayew with minutes up front and played very well, and his goal against Charlotte Independence was fantastic. The Scot should lead the line for the U23s, and is pushing for a role in the senior squad.

Rodon also went on the US tour as Ashley Williams missed it, the 18-year-old defender has been training with the senior squad and looks like he has a bright future ahead of him.

Full squad: Gregor Zabret, Lewis Thomas, Aaron Lewis, Keston Davies, Tyler Reid, Tom Plezier, Joe Rodon, Connor Roberts, Tom Holland, Jack Evans, Tom Dyson, Ryan Blair, George Byers, Botti Bia Bi, Alex Bray, Owain Jones, Alex Samuel, Jordan Garrick, Dan James, Oliver McBurnie.