Swansea City have announced the re-signing of Jonathan de Guzman from Villarreal who was crucial in their Capital One Cup success. He joins on another season long loan. The Dutchman was a huge success last season who gained his first caps for Holland as a result of his good form for the Welsh club. This could be the most important signing made this summer by Swansea as the midfielder would have been a huge miss, while his return will give Laudrup’s men fresh impetus going into their inaugural Europa League campaign.
The 25-year-old played under Laudrup at Real Mallorca and has a good relationship with the Danish manager, so his re-signing suggests that the Swansea boss has sorted his issues with the board and will stay. This will be great news for fans of the Swans as the club can push on from their impressive campaign and challenge for more major honours in England and Europe.
The playmaker featured in all but one match last season so he needs to avoid injuries again next year with the added workload that the Europa League brings. He has an open play pass completion rate of 89% which shows how important he was last campaign with the dynamic passing style of play that Laudrup promotes. Furthermore he has a final third pass completion rate of 77%. This emphasises his importance in making Swansea play a more aggressive style than they did in 2011/12.
The Dutch star assisted 6 goals with three coming from set plays which shows the options he brings to the side. He also added 5 goals himself. This highlights another aspect to his game which is crucial to a side like Swansea. His shooting accuracy of 36% is very good for a midfielder like de Guzman.
His defensive stats are also very impressive for a midfielder who appears to be more expressive than a typical centre midfielder, yet his stats show him to be a versatile midfielder who offers several different roles. His tackle success of 86.67% is fantastic, it is important for players at Swansea to work hard while off the ball with the style they play as possession doesn’t always bring wins. The on loan midfielder was a crucial part of both the offensive and defensive work last season so his return will balance the side out again.
Laudrup has now signed three players this summer with de Guzman joining Jordi Amat and Jose Canas who have added to the growing number of Spanish players at Swansea. Its important that Swansea thicken their squad with the added rigors of the Europa League, as Newcastle learned last season that one or two additions will not allow you to carry on growing as a club. Surely Laudrup will look at teams like Newcastle and Stoke to learn from their mistakes when they entered Europe. The rumoured addition of Wilfred Bony will be a coup if it’s completed as he will bring extra goals to the team, taking some of the pressure off from Michu.
The Welsh club will remain cautious of the bigger clubs taking their best players. Michu and Ashley Williams will no doubt attract interest but Swansea need to be ambitious and not settle for being a lower mid table club.