It’s been a tough old start to the season for the Swan’s, despite their brilliant whilst fortuitous point against Chelsea on Sunday, and with teams around them starting to pick up some points you get the feeling that they are in for a tough old season at the bottom. Furthermore, it doesn’t look like getting any easier for them with fixtures against City, Arsenal and Liverpool in their next 4 games. It is worrying times in South Wales at the moment.
It seems a long time since Swansea lifted the league cup back in 2013 and after that success many thought they would progress as a team. Sadly it has been the opposite. Whilst at times under Gary Monk they played some of the brilliant football we had become accustomed to seeing, they have ultimately lost their way over recent years. Now under their third manager in as many years, it seems the story is the same. A bright start under new leadership but then the player’s seem to lose interest after a while. The whole situation hasn’t been helped by the departure’s of big player’s over the years, no more so than Ashley Williams. He was if you like the John Terry of Swansea. Everyone involved with the club looked to him for leadership and the majority of time he came up trumps. However, with his departure to Everton, you question whether Swansea now possess any great leaders at the club.
Ashley Williams joined Everton for an undisclosed fee over the summer (see above)
The main issue for Swansea over recent year’s has been scoring goal’s. This has been a problem ever since the departure of key man Wilfried Bony to Man City back in January of 2015. The void left by Bony, I think it’s safe to say, hasn’t been filled. Of course it’s not like they haven’t tried, the list is endless. They have utilised Marvin Emnes, Bafétimbi Gomis, and Euro 2016 winner Eder in that position, but with all to no prevail. Now it seem’s that the problem is still at large with Spaniard Fernando Llorente failing to register a goal since the start of the premier league season.
Their only possible saving grace could be record signing Borja González. The Spanish striker was brought in for £15.5 million and based on his goal record in La Liga last season, he might just be the answer to the Swan’s problem’s. The only issue is, they can’t seem to get him fit. Yet to make an appearance for his new team, the new signing continues to wait for his debut. It remains to be seen whether he can replicate his form from last year, but if he can, then Swansea need him now more than ever.
It’s not set in stone of course that Swansea are destined to be battling the drop, it’s not for any team as we have only played 4 games. However, we know how important a good start is and although they have 4 points, you wonder where the points will come from in the coming weeks.