Swansea City Hope Their New Hero Can Be Charlie Patino

Swansea City are excited about the impact new loan signing Charlie Patino could have for the club – starting on Saturday at West Bromwich Albion.

The 19-year-old has already been training with the Swans and now the details of his move from Arsenal have been finalised, he is set to figure in the squad at The Hawthorns.

Patino spent last season on loan at Blackpool, so knows all about the rigours of the Championship, according to Swans head coach Michael Duff.

“His pedigree speaks for itself with the football club he’s at,” said Duff.

“He’s a young player but he’s played 40-odd games in the Championship which is a tough ask for anybody his age.

“I know he got relegated with Blackpool, but he’ll be much better for all of the experiences he’s had and hopefully we can benefit from that.”

Swansea drew their opening match, 1-1, at home to Birmingham City last weekend, but were encouraged by the 3-0 thumping they dished out to Northampton midweek in the Carabao Cup.

Those goals included two for star striker Joel Piroe, who looks likely to stay at the club despite a summer of intense transfer speculation.

The Swans remain keen to sign a central defender, one who can also operate at left-back, and Chelsea’s Bashir Humphreys is close to joining on another loan arrangement.

Cardiff City are also looking for their first Championship victory of the season, when they host QPR at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The Bluebirds gave away a two-goal lead at Leeds United on the opening day and then did the same at home to Colchester in the Carabao Cup, before going through on penalties.

Manager Erol Bulut says: “We gave away two soft goals, and those were down to two individual mistakes.

“For this, we have to work a little bit individually to make sure the opponent does not get past us. We have to work on, and correct these individual mistakes.”

Bulut still wants to bring in more players in this transfer window, but the club cannot pay fees at present because of their current transfer ban.

“We are working hard on it. It’s not easy to get free players, because we have the ban,” says Bulut.

“But still, we are working on it, so it may be in the coming days, maybe next week, that we can finalise two or three other players. We are looking in Europe, not just the UK.”

In League Two, both Newport County and Wrexham, are looking to bounce back after opening day defeats.

County are at home to Doncaster Rovers with manager Graham Coughlan still eager to add to his squad following Sam Bowen’s loan switch to Wealdstone.

Wrexham are on the road for the first time in League Two, at AFC Wimbledon, hoping to make amends for their opening day 5-3 defeat at home to MK Dons.

Star striker Paul Mullin is still recovering from a punctured lung, so will not be available, but manager Phil Parkinson believes he has adequate options to cover the absence of last season’s top scorer.

“We have got a competitive squad and it is about when you get a chance, that they prove they want to stay in the team,” said Parkinson.