“Fact Or Fiction” is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views on whether the statement is “Fact or Fiction.” Stepping in for Earl this week is EPL Talk’s very own jefe, The Gaffer.
MH: Fact. While forwards like Scott Sinclair, Nathan Dyer, and big transfer signing Danny Graham garner a lot of the attention, goalie Michel Vorm is the one player that is vital to Swansea’s continued success. The “Super Swans” have gained a reputation for being one of the better passing teams in the league, but it is still the man between the sticks that allows the rest of the squad to play with more confidence up the pitch. To this point in the season, Vorm has forty-one saves with a save rate of 73%, which is second in the league. Ultimately, there are many reasons why Swansea City have played well to begin this season. However, the shot stopping ability of Michel Vorm is chief among them.
TG: Fiction. While Michel Vorm has been brilliant in front of goal except for his own mistake against Arsenal, the Dutch number two goalkeeper is not Swansea’s most important player. That honor goes to Leon Britton, the 5ft 5in Swansea midfielder who is the engine of this side. Most attacks go through Britton, and he also acts as the defensive barrier to prevent the opposition from mounting an attack. While Vorm has been a key player at the back for the Swans, he has been known to exaggerate his dives just a little, to make a simple save look extraordinary. With Britton, there is no exaggeration. What you see is what you get, which is one of the hardest working midfielders in the business with a fantastic pass rate and a calm under pressure that is refreshing to watch for someone who has played in all four divisions for Swansea.
What do you think, is it fact or fiction that Michel Vorm is Swansea City’s most important player?