André Ayew: Why did the ‘Big Boys’ not Swoop?

André Ayew: Why did the ‘Big Boys’ not Swoop?

When Swansea City announced the permanent appointment of former player Garry Monk as their new head coach in February 2014, the general consensus was that the young manager would be gone by the end of the season. Fast forward to the end of the following season, and Swans fans can look back upon a season in which their side recorded a club record Premier League finish, despite the loss of talismanic striker Wilfried Bony to Manchester City for another club …
Michu | Statistically Comparing His Premier League Seasons

Michu | Statistically Comparing His Premier League Seasons

As a Swansea fan it's, arguably, difficult to write a truly objective piece about Michu, as he's been a huge part of our recent success.  You obviously can't choose which games you're going to score in (he's scored 4 in 7 games in the Europa league so nothing too wrong there) but, with only 2 goals from 10 games so far in the Premier League, some people are questioning whether last season was a case of over-performing. [caption id="attachment_44414" align="alignright" …
Shelvey Joins Swansea for £6m | Stats Compared to Swansea players

Shelvey Joins Swansea for £6m | Stats Compared to Swansea players

Swansea City have signed Jonjo Shelvey for a fee of £6M from Liverpool. He's only started seventeen times for the Reds in his three year spell at the club. Although he has made his England debut in this period which shows the success of this period for the 21-year-old. He has always been considered a huge talent but he is yet to push onto become a regular in the top flight. The fee may look high when compared to foreign …
Wilfred Bony - Swansea's new leading man?

Wilfred Bony - Swansea's new leading man?

Vitesse Arnhem’s striker Wilfred Bony looks set to join Swansea City according to reports in Holland for £10.2m. Will the Ivorian International improve the Swan’s strike force though in their European debut season? After the departure of Danny Graham in January the striker’s role for Swansea was filled by Luke Moore and a more advanced Michu as Laudrup was unable to sign a replacement. As they look to compete on domestic and European fronts this season though a successful summer …
Swansea 0 Arsenal 2 | In-depth Tactical Analysis

Swansea 0 Arsenal 2 | In-depth Tactical Analysis

Two the Premier League's possession orientated teams met at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday and produced a game with some fine passing but very little in the way of clear chances until the latter stages of the game. Having secured an essential three points however, I doubt Arsene Wenger will be complaining. Line Ups Laudrup made two changes to his starting line up. Both Moore and Routledge were substitutes and replaced by Dyre and Pablo. Without a striker in the …
Detailing Swansea's Progression under Michael Laudrup

Detailing Swansea's Progression under Michael Laudrup

It’s been well documented that Swansea City have basically been playing the game as well as possible for a side that haven’t been blessed with the advantages of huge wealth or stature. From getting the fans financially invested in the club (literally, as shareholders) to having a clear vision of a style of playing that transcends the playing staff and even the manager, the Welsh side have taken as many steps as they can to make sure sustainable success and …
Liverpool V Swansea | Statistical Preview & Tactical Pointers

Liverpool V Swansea | Statistical Preview & Tactical Pointers

The most accurate midfielders in the Premier League | Stats Comparison

The most accurate midfielders in the Premier League | Stats Comparison

Since both the Spanish national team and Barcelona have dominated the world with attacking, possession-based football, such philosophy has become increasingly popular. Some Premier League teams are already trying to implement tiki-taka, hoping it will make them successful. It makes accurate midfield passers much more valuable, as they are fundamental to ball-circulation. Winning the battle in the middle of the park usually means gaining control of the game. That's why so many managers are looking for their own Xavi. But …
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