Carlos Carvalhal praised debutant Connor Roberts in the aftermath of Swansea City's 0-0 FA Cup draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, and the youngster could be primed for a first Premier League start on Saturday afternoon, as the division's bottom club make the long trek to St James' Park to take on Newcastle United.
Installed at right-back against Wolves for his first Swans appearance, Roberts produced a solid display, and with Kyle Naughton suspended for the trip to the Magpies, and Angel Rangel an injury doubt, it could give an opportunity to Welsh-born Roberts to be handed a starting berth, as he looks to try and secure a place in the first-team squad, as Swansea look to manufacture their way out of the relegation zone.
The 22-year-old defender has league experience having made over 40 appearances for Yeovil Town, while loan spells at Bristol Rovers and Middlesbrough have handed him valuable game time in the professional sphere, but with Carvalhal praising his performance at the weekend against the Championship high-flyers, then he could find himself drafted into the starting line-up at the weekend.
When asked about Roberts' display, Carvalhal said: ""I am very happy with him, we are looking to those boys and some of them have been training with us," he said. "We are happy to put them in the team and I was more than happy to give a chance to Connor."
Currently four points away from safety, Swansea have struggled for any sort of consistency all season.
With Newcastle United having picked up seven points from their last four Premier League matches, then it's going to be a tough test for a Swansea City side searching for only their fifth win of the Premier League season.