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7 Reasons to Fall in Love With Swansea City This Season

liberty stadium 7 Reasons to Fall in Love With Swansea City This Season

There are a lot of reasons to love Swansea City. Even if I hadn’t been supporting them for 32 years, I still think I probably would be writing this article. During the past 10 days, Swansea picked up three points on the road, got a home draw against Chelsea — and manager Brendan Rodgers was named manager of the month. The club sits in tenth place, and has the prospect of a home match against fellow new boys Norwich City at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea to look forward to.

In the meantime, here are my seven reasons to love the Swans:

1. Swansea has found their missing link. All season long I’ve been complaining that Swansea has been missing a creative midfielder who would be able to unlock defenses with clinical passes, to help Danny Graham. They’ve found that person in Gylfi Sigurdsson, an incredibly gifted Icelandic footballer on loan from Hoffenheim. He’s been so good on set plays and crosses that he’s kept new loan signing Josh McEachran on the bench. And how could you not love a player who is the chairman of a fishing industry company in his homeland of Iceland?

2. They no longer have the worst away record in the league. After Swansea’s 2-1 away win in the snow last Saturday against West Bromwich Albion, Swansea no longer have the worst away record in the league (thank you Fulham and Wigan). Football commentators will have to come up with a new tagline to give Swansea now that the tired line they’ve been pushing out is no longer valid.

3. Swansea sit at the top of the Fair Play League. The season is far from over, but Swansea’s excellent disciplinary record this season could help them qualify for Europe later this summer via the Fair Play League if they get permission from The FA to represent England.

4. Swansea plays with no fear. It’s incredibly rare to see a team such as Swansea, with no stars on their side, play without fear, no matter who the opposition is. In previous years, most newly promoted sides from the Championship would crumble under the pressure, play defensively or anti-football. But very few of them would push forward with such confidence and bravado like Swansea does. Earlier in the season, Chelsea clobbered Swansea 4-1 at Stamford Bridge. Last week, the Swans outplayed Chelsea and came within 30 seconds of beating them one-nil if it wasn’t for a fluke own goal. Best of all, for Swansea fans such as myself, they’ve begun to play without fear away from home too, picking up vital away wins against Aston Villa and West Brom.

5. The Swans are a joy to watch. It’s no secret that Swansea has one of the most, if not the most, pleasing style of play in the entire Premier League. It’s beautiful to watch them play themselves out of trouble at the back with their perfect triangles, and then catapult down the wings with either Nathan Dyer or Scott Sinclair dribbling past defenders. It’s something you don’t see very often in modern day soccer anymore. Earlier in the season, Swansea’s possession was tedious at times — they held on to the ball, but didn’t create many chances with it. Luckily those days are gone thanks to Sigurdsson, Joe Allen, Leon Britton and Kemy Agustien exploiting the holes in the midfields and defenses of opponents.

6. Swansea has a wonderful set of vocal supporters. Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to hear some of the songs that Swansea have been singing, which have been a breath of fresh air in the Premier League where so many clubs sing the same songs. At the Liberty Stadium, you can hear the Welsh classic Land Of My Fathers. And at away matches, the Swansea City supporters are often louder than the home fans.

7. You’re watching stars in the making. From the manager, to the goalkeeper, to the defenders, to the midfielders and forwards, you’re seeing an incredibly talented team growing game after game. The reality is that this squad isn’t going to be around for long as the Premier League big boys will come in this summer and try to steal away their best talent. But what a joy it is to watch these players grow — most of whom have never played in the Premier League before this season.

On that note, my greatest fear about Swansea City this year is not that the team could get relegated or that their most valuable squad members will get sold, but it’s that certain transfer interest from top clubs could turn the heads of Swansea’s players and ruin their team morale. The current squad of Swansea players are hard-working professionals who aren’t egomaniacs and they all seem to be hungry to prove themselves in a team where every player is fighting to keep his spot. As long as that work ethic remains, and players don’t get too full of themselves, then Swansea will persevere no matter happens — even if their star players are swooped away by larger clubs.

The reality is that some of Swansea’s prized players will leave this summer. Swansea is too small of a club to say no to big offers. The record transfer fee the club has received for a player was £2,000,000 from Wigan Athletic for Jason Scotland. Many of Swansea’s players are worth five times or ten times that amount, but don’t be surprised if larger clubs in England, or Europe, would try to make lowball offers in the hopes that Swansea would accept them just because they are much greater figures than the club is used to. Hopefully, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins will stick to his guns and realize the true market value of the talent he has.

Looking at the Swansea squad, there are several players who would interest other clubs. Obvious names include Michel Vorm, Nathan Dyer, Joe Allen and Scott Sinclair, but the reality is that every single player on Swansea’s team could be put in a shop window and there would be interested buyers. Those players include Danny Graham, Neil Taylor, Leon Britton, Ashley Williams, Angel Rangel, Mark Gower, Wayne Routledge and others.

Swansea sits in an enviable position as long as they can stay up in the Premier League this season. The club has a system and philosophy in place. Every one from the youth team to the reserves to the first team plays the same system of football, playing a passing game with the ball on the ground. We’ve already seen this season how effective that is. Swansea has been able to pass its way around all of the clubs in the Premier League to such an extent that they’ve only lost one home match all season, against Manchester United. Plus the club is 20% owned by the supporter’s club, and the club is debt free.

If they can continue that system and interchange players sold with keen acquisitions and youth players moving through their club, the club could act as a role model for other clubs wishing to move into the top flight and to stay there — instead of trying to buy their way to Premier League safety (i.e. QPR).

Swansea is a team you can believe in. The battle is far from over, but the future looks bright.

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About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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9 Responses to 7 Reasons to Fall in Love With Swansea City This Season

  1. Ben says:

    I have to admit, although I had never followed Swansea prior to their ascent to the Premier League I have caught a few of their games and they have been thoroughly entertaining. The match against Arsenal was absolutely fantastic and the Swans’ brand of football is wonderful to watch. It’s always refreshing to see a side come up from the Championship and take it to the supposed “Big 4″. I truly hope they keep it together and avoid falling apart as Blackpool did last year. Keeping their standout players will be another story.

    In any case, I hope to see them stick around for a while.

    • Bentley says:

      Spot on. When you have FOXsoccer.tv they’re the only matches you can watch, so i’ve caught quite a few matches. I dont mind watching them at all. Even when they lose, they go out wonderfully.

  2. Jason says:

    The Swans have become the second favorite team of many EPL supporters. A lot of Liverpool fans I know also support Swansea, same for Arsenal fans. Many others I’m sure. All because they do play so free-flowing football. Joy to watch. Hope they stay up which I think they will.

  3. Jose H. says:

    It almost seems like the gaffer is a big fan of the swans or something. ;-)

  4. dlink09 says:

    didn’t we all love blackpool last season. Swansea are in better position than blackpool, but lets just see how long it goes.. i hate them for beating Arsenal.. other than that good luck swans :)

  5. Josh says:

    I love watching my swans play. Too bad they aren’t on more. GO WALES!!!!

  6. ish says:

    siggurdson was class at reading, he is a seriously talented footballer and now because he has a golden freekick sides wont be as willing to concede cheap freekicks around the area, same for sitting deep. the kid can shoot. class player and if swansea can buy him and let him prosper for a season longer in the premier league he will be a 10million+ player easily.

    they do however i think need a more versatile and clever striker, if they had somehow kept borini i think they would be very scary, considering borini is scoring against quality opposition in the serie a.

    i wonder if rodgers will raid chelsea once again in the reserves level because some of the players plying their trade their are excellent players, better then sinclair or borini. chelsea reserves are a treasure trove for cheap targets. look at hsv with sala, rajkovic, tore and mancienne, all of em for 3mill or something.

  7. jacks1 says:

    I’m a swansea fan but I love swansea city I wouldn’t change them for the world!

  8. DES says:

    The way football should be played. Lov watching Swansea taking teams apart with total football. Hearing land of my fathers sung sends shivers down your spine.All the best from yes!! London red manc.

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