Swansea City 2018/19
League position: 10th
Average league attendance: 18,444
Top league goalscorer: Oli McBurnie, 22
Miles from Brentford: 183
Address: Plasmarl, Swansea SA1 2FA
Former defender Steve Cooper – the son of ex-top-flight referee Keith – was on Wrexham’s books as a youngster before joining the club’s academy coaching set-up, going on to achieve the UEFA Pro Licence coaching certificate at the age of just 26.
After becoming Head of Youth at Wrexham, the Pontypridd-born coach moved to Liverpool in 2008 and became Academy Manager in 2011.
His time with the Reds saw him work under technical director Pep Segura - currently general football manager at Barcelona - where he helped develop such young talents as Raheem Sterling, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Wales international Ben Woodburn.
He moved to the FA in 2013 as a youth coach educator and coached the England Under-16s in 2014, before making the step up to under-17 level the following year.
He led the Young Lions to the final of the 2017 European Championship, where they lost to Spain on penalties, but they gained revenge later in the year by coming from 2-0 down to beat the same opponents 5-2 in the World Cup final.
The England side that day included the likes of Phil Foden, Rhian Brewster, Morgan Gibbs-White and Callum Hudson-Odoi, while Jadon Sancho was also in the squad for the tournament.
Cooper, who has overseen 88 international games as head coach, was widely praised for his team’s attractive, attacking style of play, and is highly regarded as one of the best young coaches in the country.
A product of Bradford City’s youth academy, Oli McBurnie signed for Swansea City on a three-year deal in July 2015.
The Scotland international initially excelled with the club's development side, who he helped capture the league and cup double in 2017.
McBurnie built up his first-team experience with loan spells at Newport County, where he came off the bench to score a 23-minute hat-trick against Luton on his debut.
Later that same season, the striker joined Bristol Rovers on loan, making five appearances as he helped them to automatic promotion from League Two.
A striker with physical presence and an eye for goal, McBurnie scored twice on his senior Swans debut in the Carabao Cup victory over Peterborough in August 2016.
In January 2018, he joined Barnsley on loan and won their player of the season award after scoring nine goals in 17 appearances.
International recognition followed in March 2018, when he made his senior Scotland debut in a 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica.
McBurnie was handed the no.9 shirt following his return to the Swans and enjoyed a prolific 2018-19 season; top scoring with 24 goals in all competitions.
Head to Head
Brentford wins: 28
Swansea City wins: 33
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