Swansea City’s Clement to consider Bony, Abraham partnership vs. Stoke City

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The youngster was unavailable for selection against Chelsea in midweek, and his return ahead of the Potters' tie has offered his coach a fresh option

Paul Clement has said he will consider pairing Wilfried Bony and Tammy Abraham in Swansea City’s attack against Stoke City.

The Swans, at the back of a 1-0 loss to Chelsea on Wednesday, face Stoke City in their next English Premier League encounter on Saturday.

And the return of the influential Abraham - who was ineligible to face his parent club in midweek - offers Clement the option of pairing him with Cote d’Ivoire’s Bony for the second time this season.

The 28-year-old has done enough to convince the gaffer of his fitness after completing two full matches while Abraham - with four goals in 13 league games - has been the leading light for the struggling Swans this season.

“I will consider that  [pairing Bony and Abraham] for Stoke,” Clement told club website.

“Tammy is going to be fresh, while I want to see how Wilfried is after playing 90 minutes twice in a week, because that is something he hasn’t done for a long time.

“It wouldn’t be right to judge their partnership on one half at West Ham when Wilfried clearly had a few problems.

“When you are not creating that much, you have to think about getting your best attacking players on the pitch, so it’s something I am considering.”

Clement hopes 20-year-old Abraham’s qualities would complement that of Bony against the Potters.

“If I choose to go with them both, hopefully Tammy will benefit from playing up front with a player who is powerful and experienced.

“There would not be so much responsibility on him to try to get the rest of the team up the pitch. He can play around Wilf and use his pace to get in behind.”

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“I will consider maybe a couple of things to freshen us up, particularly when it comes to players who have not played regular games.”

Wilfried Bony is yet to open his account for the South Wales outfit after completing a return in the summer from Manchester City.

The Swans are placed 19th in the log after garnering a meagre nine points from 14 top-flight outings.

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