When Brendan Rodgers left Swansea for a new adventure at Liverpool many thought that the Swans would fall apart and suddenly become a team that would struggle in the Premier League.
However, the way that Swansea have started their season it couldn’t be further from the truth.
Swansea have started the seasons with two victories and have won those games with a real swagger.
An opening day 5-0 victory at QPR was followed by a convincing 3-0 victory over West Ham earlier today. Swansea looked dangerous throughout the encounter.
The appointment of Michael Laudrup raised eyebrows among some pundits. I always saw him as an ideal fit as Swansea boss. Swansea and the Danish legend both have the same football philosophy. The idea that this football philosophy was started by former-boss Rodgers is a major myth.
Swansea was lauded for their style of play last season, but from what we have seen so far this season the team could play with an even better style than the previous campaign. They have kept the same passing style of football from last season and seem to have improved their pressing.
The Swansea board have to be praised for their shrewd managerial appointments in recent years. As I previously mentioned some questioned the appointment of Laudrup and thought it was a gamble. However, the Dane’s appointment looks like another clever appointment by chairman Huw Jenkins.
Swansea have pulled off one of the bargain signings of the summer with the capture of Spanish midfielder Michu. The 26 year-old attacking midfielder was outstanding in La Liga last season, scoring 15 goals for Rayo Vallecano.
Michu has made a great start, scoring three goals in his first two games as a Swans player. At just £2million he looks like he could prove to be a superb signing.
Some pundits had predicted that Swansea would struggle this season and even predicted that they could even be relegated. I can never understand the thinking that a club will all of a sudden fall apart just because the manager has left.
At the moment I don’t think there will be many people predicting that the Swans will be relegated this season.
It is very early in the season, but Michael Laudrup will be pleased with how his side has started the campaign. He couldn’t have wished for a better start to life as a Premier League manager. There will obviously be more difficult times for the Dane and his team to come. The signs are good so far though.
Many people suggested that Swansea would struggle last season, but a lot of people had to eat humble pie. I had watched lots of Swansea’s games in the Championship and predicted that they wouldn’t get relegated, much to the amusement of some of my colleagues.
I’m sure that even Michael Laudrup is surprised by his teams brilliant opening to the season. I think they can continue to surprise people this season. Although, I don’t believe that many will be surprised by anything they do anymore.
Michael Laudrup has made a good start to his Swansea managerial career and he seems like a solid appointment for the Welsh side. He has the coaching abilities and ideology to move Swansea forward. A top ten finish in the Premier League would be a very successful campaign for the Swans.
Anything else would be a major bonus for Laudrup and his team. Having seen what has happened in the last few seasons at the Liberty Stadium though I wouldn’t bet against Swansea achieving even more this season.
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