Do Swansea City fans have reasons to be cheerful this season?
Despite failing to pick up those all-important three points on the opening day of the season last weekend, Garry Monk and his plucky Swansea City outfit can nevertheless count themselves unlucky for not beating title-holders, Chelsea.
The Blues were certainly the worse of the two sides when they met at Stamford Bridge last time out, which just goes to show how impressive the Swans have looked since first making their mark among the Premier League in 2011.
Seemingly with every passing season, the determined Welsh side have fared far better than most would have initially expected of them – proving characteristically entertaining on the eye as well as showing some true grit at the back when required.
So then, with top-flight English football constantly transforming and evolving within the ever-unpredictable realm of the modern game, just how successful can the 2015/16 campaign ultimately prove to be for Swansea City this season?
Well, when marquee front-man – Wilfried Bony – jumped ship and opted to move to Manchester City last January, many within the wider footballing community naturally expected the Liberty Stadium faithful to witness a much weakened side in light of the Ivorian’s absence. Bony just seemed to make everything tick along nicely at Swansea, and without him, Garry Monk’s side truly looked nowhere near as good on paper.
However, seeing as Bafetimbi Gomis has somewhat taken to filling the striking void at Swansea with real panache in his last few Premier League outings for the club, Swans fans need not overly concern themselves with the loss of Wilfried Bony nowadays. Every man has stepped up since the powerful striker left the Liberty Stadium last season, which displays just how promising Garry Monk’s managerial capabilities have proven recently.
With the sensible view of improving the current Swans squad in the run up to the 2015/16 campaign, Monk has successfully landed himself Portuguese front-man, Eder, as well as current Ghanaian international and former Marseille striker, Andre Ayew – amongst several other new faces at the Liberty this summer. Such a strong pairing will likely serve Swansea well next season, as long as they can stay relatively injury-free and available for their manager.
If the aformentioned newly aquired stars can successfully team-up with the likes of Jefferson Montero and Gylfi Sigurdsson this term, the Swans can certainly turn themselves into an attacking force reckoned with once again, leaving thoughts of Wilfried Bony well and truly in the past were they ultimately belong.
Now that Garry Monk’s current squad is already looking pretty healthy ahead of the new season, Swansea City can justifiably continue their run in the English top-flight as one of the best ‘footballing’ teams to watch in the entire Premier League. Many external football fans in this country largely hold the determined Swans in high regard for their honest approach to entertaining their supporters on a week-to-week basis.
Unlike the league’s more physical and technically lacking teams, Garry Monk’s side have managed to instil a proper footballing philosophy in and around their club. The Swans always seem to approach their matches with some real style and finesse – and whilst such an ambitious tactic invariably falls short for the Liberty Stadium faithful here and there – overall the results have proven more than successful.
Swansea have taught the rest of the Premier League that you don’t have to spend massive amounts of money with every passing transfer window, or sacrifice the need to play entertaining football at your club, in order to be successful. For helping to introduce such a positive notion within the English game, the widely admired Welsh side deserve massive credit.
So, if Garry Monk can continue to keep things running smoothly at Swansea throughout the club’s upcoming schedule, his side will likely remain one of the most impressive Premier League teams out there. Whilst the 2015/16 season itself probably won’t produce much more than an top ten finish at the Liberty Stadium – now is the time for sides like Swansea to really assert themselves at the highest level.
Therefore, because of the impressive direction in which the club seem to be rapidly heading in these days, Swansea City fans have every right to remain excited this season – for theirs is a club with the genuine potential to really hit the big time in the not too distant future.
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