Sunday, April 22, 2018

Should Swansea fans fear for next season?

Swansea boss Garry Monk will lose a number of his first team squad this summer, but can he move the club forward next season?

Swansea boss Garry Monk will lose a number of his first team squad this summer, but can he move the club forward next season?

Swansea City seems to be at the hub of a lot of transfer activity at the moment. Sky Sports are reporting that Dutch keeper Michel Vorm has agreed terms to move to Tottenham, while Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is moving in the opposite direction.

Young Wales international full-back Ben Davies is also reportedly close to sealing a move to White Hart Lane in a swap deal involving Sigurdsson.

Then there is striker Wilfried Bony, who has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, amongst others.


There seems to be a mass exodus happening at the Liberty Stadium and this summer could be a worrying one for Swans fans.

Spanish forward Michu has already left to join Serie A club Napoli on a season-long loan deal and it looks like more players are set to follow him out the door.

The loss of Michu was not a major blow, as the Spaniard struggled to recreate his form from his debut season in the last campaign, as injury dogged the former-Rayo Vallecano star.

Vorm enjoyed an outstanding debut season, but as many Swansea fans have stated his form slipped slightly last season and he also suffered from injury. The move to north London seems like a strange one, considering he will only be back-up to first choice keeper Hugo Lloris.

The Holland international is only likely to play in cup and European games, as Lloris is undisputed number one at the lane.

Ben Davies could be a major loss to the team. The 21-year-old has impressed since breaking into the first team in 2012. The youngster only got his chance because of an injury to then first choice left-back Neil Taylor and has kept his compatriot out of the team ever since.

Davies is regarded as one of the brightest young up-and-coming full-backs in the English top-flight and Liverpool was also reportedly interested in signing him. However, it looks like Spurs have won the race for his signature.

If striker Wilfried Bony leaves this summer he will be the most difficult player to replace. The Ivory Coast star made a slow start to his Swansea career, but finished the season with 16 Premier League goals.

His goals are believed to have attracted the attention of the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Spurs, who seem to think that Swansea is some sort of feeder club.


Last season Swansea struggled to stay in the Premier League. Danish legend Michael Laudrup left the club after the Swans made a poor start to the season and was replaced by highly-respected Swansea stalwart Garry Monk, who at just 35 is the youngest boss in the top-flight.


The Swansea board have hired some very good managers in recent history, Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup all helped move the club forward in different ways. The Swans hierarchy have a very good track record with bosses, so rookie Monk must have really impressed them at his interview.

Monk is a rookie boss, but it is almost as if he has been preparing to be a coach his entire professional career. He is a leader and apparently has always been one of the players that his teammates look to for advice.

Monk has a big job on his hands helping the club move forward next season. He seems a confident guy in interviews and looks to be creating his own team with the amount of exits and new players arriving. Only time will tell if the young boss will be a success.


In terms of managers Monk may be young, but I have to say I am quite impressed with the players he has brought in this summer. The free signings of Polish keeper Lukasz Fabianski and striker Bafetimbi Gomis look to be win-win for the Welsh side.

If they are a success then the club will benefit on the field, if not then they can be sold on at a profit and the club have lost nothing but their wages.

However, I think both Fabianski and Gomis will be successful at the Liberty Stadium, with both hungry to be successful in Wales.

Fabianski has spent a long time sitting on the Arsenal bench and this move is the Polish international’s chance to prove that he capable of being a number one at a Premier League club.

Gomis has long been linked with a move to the Premier League. The French international was regarded as a very promising star earlier in his career. Gomis has not quite hit the heights expected of him, but still scored 62 goals in 172 appearances for Lyon, so he does not have a bad record in front of goal. His signing could be a coup for Monk and Swansea.

Sigurdsson returning could be the best signing of them all. The Icelandic international midfielder is vastly underrated and has scored goals from his advanced midfield role wherever he has played his football.

Even at Spurs where he was criminally underused he still managed to chip in with the odd goal. With Michu now gone Sigurdsson could be the perfect replacement for the Spaniard, even if it does mean losing Davies.


I have to say from what I have heard from Garry Monk he is a guy who knows what he is doing and Swansea fans should put their faith in him. If they do then maybe the Swans can surprise people next season, as I really do not see them being relegated next season.

Should Swansea fans fear for next season?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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