Clement: Sanches has lost all confidence

Renato Sanches

Swansea City manager Paul Clement believes midfielder Renato Sanches needs to go back to basics in order to re-discover his form.

The 20-year-old Portugal international is on loan from FC Bayern München for the season but has thus far struggled to make an impact at the Swans in his eight Premier League appearances.

Sanches burst onto the international football scene at Euro 2016 when he won Young Player of the Tournament as Portugal won the competition for the first time. However, he has not been able to get back to that level while in England.

Clement took Sanches off at half-time on Wednesday as Swansea lost 1-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after another disappointing showing from the young midfielder.

“He wasn’t injured,” Clement told reporters after the game, according to Goal. “He had a poor half, didn’t he?

“I feel for him because he’s a very talented player. I don’t think in any of the games he’s played this year he’s showed the talent he has.

“He’s a player struggling for confidence, struggling for form. We believe we’re the right environment to try to get him out of that.”

He added: “He’s got to start with the basics, getting the simple things right. He mis-placed a lot of simple passes. His confidence is very low. He wants it badly. It’s just not happening for him in games at the moment.”

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