Swansea City Preview: Jefferson Montero Can Allow Swans to Fly
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Last season, Swansea City finished twelfth in the English Premier League and after losing Michel Vorm, Ben Davies and Michu to loan, Swansea City was left with gaps. However, new manager, Garry Monk has brought in plenty of talent that will fill those holes. Monk brought in Lukasz Fabianski, Bafetimbi Gomis, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jefferson Montero. These four players will have a direct impact on how Swansea City will perform come this season. Swansea City took a step back from their highest finish in 2012/13 but will look to bounce back into the top-half of the table.
Last season, Swansea City had a difficult schedule to work with due to their presence in the Europa League. Without the added pressure, Swansea City won’t have to stretch their limits as much which will play into Monk and Swansea City’s favor.
The one addition that will allow Swansea City to stay relevant is the play of Montero. During the 2014 World Cup, Montero played a huge role bringing Ecuador to Brazil. With Montero on Monk’s side, Swansea City will attempt to make an improvement from last year. Along with Montero, Fabianski will replace Vorm in the net and it could be considered an upgrade. It might take a while for Fabianski to become comfortable with the defense as it undergoes repairs. The loss of Davies is huge for the Swans due to his competency and ability to play the left-back position. Over the last couple seasons, Davies has been a key to City’s success but without the left-back, a new addition such as Stephen Kingsley or a backup will need to step up for Swansea City.
Another key figure for Swansea City will be the attacking presence of Wilfried Bony. Bony scored 16 goals last season for Swansea City but lately, Bony has been linked to Liverpool and other suitors. After the loss of Luis Suarez at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers has been urgently looking for a new forward and Bony seems to be the main target. As long as Monk can keep Bony’s services, Swansea City can propel into the top-half of the league.
Until a new contract is reached, Fabianski gets comfortable with the defense and the defense takes shape; I could see Swansea City finishing thirteenth in the league. Especially after the resurgence of Manchester United and several other contenders in the league, we will have to wait and see.
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