On Sunday afternoon Swansea claimed a 5-0 victory against League Two Bradford in the Capital One Cup.
It was the Welsh sides first ever trophy in English competitions and it was a great achievement for the Welsh side.
These are exciting times at Swansea. The Jacks have a strong team, are doing reasonably well in the Premier League and have just claimed their first piece of silverware in English competitions.
Ironically, Swansea’s success could have its downsides. The victory has raised expectations among the Swansea fans and now the team will expected to move forward next season. Swansea are currently ninth in the Premier League table.
Unfortunately, without major financial backing Swansea can’t go much higher than they are right now. Perhaps Swansea have now peaked.
Some of the key people involved in the Swansea success of this season suddenly have higher-profiles than before. Boss Michael Laudrup may be a legend from his playing days, but his managerial career has been inconsistent so far.
However, he seems to have hit upon the perfect partnership with the Swans. The Dane’s performance in Wales has led to speculation that he may leave Wales in the summer, despite only spending one season in the English top flight.
Laudrup has recently stated his opinion on how things would go if he moved to a bigger European club. His statement suggested that he isn’t going to be moving anytime soon, but whether he could resist an offer from a bigger club remains to be seen.
The Dane has made a good start to his managerial career in England and won many a plaudit for his performance as Swansea boss so far. I think moving away from Wales at this point could be a big mistake.
The other person at Swansea whose reputation has risen spectacularly this season is Michu. The Spanish attacker has been a sensation this season, scoring 19 goals and at times been the whole focal point of the Swansea attack.
In the summer I stated that I believed that Michu could be one of the signings of the summer, if not the signing of the summer. He has even exceeded my expectations.
When the attacking midfielder arrived at the Liberty from Rayo Vallecano for a bargain fee of £2million, he was largely unknown to British football watchers, unless they watched La Liga on a regular basis.
I don’t think there is a fan of a Premier League club that doesn’t now know the 26 year-old. Michu’s performances in the top flight have attracted interest from major clubs in Europe.
Swansea are a team that I really like, because of their style of play. I just hope they can keep the likes of Laudrup and Michu at the club. The Swans players are a real credit to their boss and fans.
Swansea will embark on a European adventure next season, for the first time in a long time. Hopefully the prospect of Europa League football next season will be enough to persuade the likes of Laudrup and Michu to stay in Wales.
Swansea have come a long way in the last decade and with some luck the Welsh side can continue to move forward. The league cup victory could be the start of something truly for the side from South Wales, as long as the victory doesn’t mean losing some of the people responsible for the victory.
For now though I’m sure that the Swans fans and players will be celebrating their victory for some time to come. Everybody connected with the club deserves every success that comes their way.
The Swans are a true example of a great club with a team that plays the game in the right matter and they have been rewarded for their style of football with deserved silverware. Well done Swansea.
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