Sunday, 21 May 2017

Some Swans predictions came true

I was right to predict Swansea City's survival (though I had their finishing position wrong, thanks to the successive glitches against Middlesbrough and Tottenham). Paul Clement did prove to be the right man for the job. Llorente, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Mawson fulfilled expectations.

Now the task is to plot the advance of the club back to Europa Cup qualifying at least. Part of the solution must lie in developing the players from the successful under-23 side. It cannot be a coincidence that the side which came up from the championship included so many Welsh-qualified players and players that the club had developed. Certainly, some positions can be strengthened only by dipping into the transfer pool but not to the extent that they destroy the esprit de corps which was almost lost in the 2016-17 season.

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