Can Garry Monk turn things around at Swansea this season?

Despite enjoying a relatively positive start to the 2015/16 campaign at the Liberty Stadium, Garry Monk and his current Swansea City outfit have nevertheless taken their collective foot off the gas looking at their rather lowly position in the league table right now.

 

The Swans currently sit 14th among the English top-flight after registering a somewhat meagre total of three separate wins to their name this term. Whilst such a record does in-fact remain stronger than that achieved by Chelsea so far, the Liberty Stadium faithful ultimately can’t be too excited about the way things happen to be going at this stage in the proceedings.

 

So then, although Garry Monk seemingly took to life as a Premier League manager with all the necessary confidence and panache at first, is the 36-year-old still the right man to be leading the Swans in 2015/16, or can the young manager eventually turn things around at Swansea City this season?

 

Well, before the real bulk of this particular discussion can truly get underway, it must be remembered that the Welsh side deserve credit simply for maintaining their place among the Premier League. Not so long ago, the concept of Swansea City operating successfully within the English top-flight would seem like a joke at best – yet now, with Garry Monk’s side justifiably aiming for a top ten finish this term – the Swans have certainly upped their game in the modern era.

 

Garry Monk is also worthy of praise for sustaining the footballing practises developed under each of Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup during their respective reigns in the Liberty Stadium dug-out. The Swans have now become notorious for playing the 'right' brand of football, and achieving several promising results whilst they’ve been at it.

 

However, now we will see what Monk’s managerial qualities are really made of. So far, the going has been relatively smooth for the former Swansea City captain during his time at the club. With things taking a surprising turn for the worse down at the Liberty Stadium in recent weeks though, all of that is seemingly about to change for the 36-year-old tactician. 

 

Whilst Swansea’s recent downturn in results isn’t exclusively the fault of Garry Monk in particular, some of his most high profile players just haven’t turned up of late – and that is something the current Swans boss will nonetheless have to address sooner rather than later.

 

The likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jefferson Montero and Bafetimbi Gomis may make for some truly promising names on paper – but out on the pitch of late – none of the aforementioned stars have managed to deliver the goods. Each of those players are more than capable of creating/scoring goals in the final third, so something must change behind the scenes in order for the Swans to return to their very best form. The January transfer window could well represent the perfect opportunity for Monk to revitalize his squad a little, whilst amping up the overall level of competition amongst his current ranks.

 

As Monk still plays host to several other important Swansea players however, there simply remains no major cause for concern just yet among the Liberty Stadium faithful. Andre Ayew has always proved an efficient attacker capable of cropping up with important goals here and there, Ashley Williams’ priceless experience at the back remains just as resolute as ever – and although Lukasz Fabianski certainly failed to set the world alight whilst representing Arsenal – the Polish shot-stopper has improved tenfold since joining the Swans.

 

Garry Monk therefore has all the necessary tools at his disposal to turn things around at Swansea this season. Getting the best out of his players will be key this term for a manager that remains relatively young and untested in the cold light of day. Monk nonetheless seems capable in his current position, and seemingly won’t let the Swansea fans down any time soon.

 

All in all, the plucky Welsh outfit will be just fine this season. The threat of relegation will not likely loom around the surroundings of the Liberty Stadium for much longer – as this arguably remains nothing more than a brief poor run of form for the Swans and their ever determined manager.

 

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