Season Review: Swansea

Season Review

Swansea were the only team to sack their manager twice during the domestic season. That really summed them up; a lack of organisation and preparation. Guidolin and Bradley weren’t good enough. Barring the losses of Williams and Taylor their summer dealings weren’t that bad, with Llorente and Mawson particularly effective. The splurge on Baston however did not turn out well and he’s already left on loan for next season. Clement really turned things around and should see them safe again in 2017-18.

Numbers

Guidolin won 4 points in 7 games (0.57 points per game), Bradley won 8 in 11 (0.73 PPG) and Clement won 29 in 19 (1.53 PPG). He obviously had longer to accumulate points but oversaw a resurgence with a five game unbeaten run at the end of the season which yielded 13 points.

Llorente top scored with 15, followed by Sigurdsson with 9. The next two were less predictable with Fer (6) and Mawson (4).

An unwanted mantle will be that Swansea were in the relegation zone for 18 gameweeks without going down, more than any of the other 16 safe sides. Only 7 of these were under Clement however.

Next Season

They will likely struggle again and be down with the likes of Burnley, Stoke and Watford lingering around the drop. A lot of pundits will have them as the most likely side to go down along with Brighton and Huddersfield. They will need to recruit well and keep hold of key players such as Mawson, Sigurdsson and Llorente.

Survival is key so expect similarly early cup exits.

Potential Signings

Roque Mesa has been the only real move of note, while a deal for his teammate Jonathan Viera seems to have stalled. Abraham on loan from Chelsea could prove to be useful but is likely to be used sparingly. The departure of Gomis could also pave the way for a return of Bony. Kyle Bartley returning from loan will be like a new signing and the Swans will probably only sign one defender now.

Clement has a good European scouting knowledge due to time at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich so don’t be surprised by signings from La Liga or the Bundesliga. They could do with another attacking midfielder if Montero is surplus to requirements, someone like a Thorgan Hazard or Valentin Stocker. Marcos Llorente could be brought in on loan to sure up the midfield.

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