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- Position Last Year – 11th
- League odds – 4501 (YouWin) and Relegation – 3 (ToteSport)
- FA Cup odds –67(Bwin)
- League Cup odds – 67 (BetVictor)
Who’s in who’s out?
- In – Michu, Chico, Jonathan de Guzman
- Out – Joe Allen, Stephen Dobbie, Jose Moreira
Does that mean they’ve improved?
They’ve lost their inspirational manager and one of their standout performers from last season, combine that with big clubs looking with intent at a number of other players including Sinclair and you’ve got to say no. Much will depend on how Michael Laudrup beds in as manager. He’s got the playing pedigree but frankly anyone with a vague idea of the shape of a football could manage Coppenhagan to the Danish league so in management terms he’s still untested.
De Guzman is a useful loan signing and will fit in well with Swansea’s style of play (assuming Laudrup hasn’t decided to change that), but it’s the loss of Allen that may prove fatal to their chances this season. Losing him , the manager and then Sigurdsson to Spurs has really hit them. There’s time to get more faces in, and money as well, but this could be a harder season than the last.
What time is it? Chico time.
Where will they finish this year – 16th
It’ll certainly be harder, but if they stick to their principals there are still plenty of teams that will go away from Swansea with less points then they’d hope for.
Player worth watching?
Scott Sinclair (assuming Rogers doesn’t come back in for him as well)
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Who would they want back?
Joe Allen’s peg in the changing rooms is still warm so let’s go a bit more historic. Jan Molby. Didn’t know he used to play for Swansea, neither did we in all honesty, but play he did. They might prefer the 80’s version Liverpool had rather than the tubby man that helped them down to division three, but beggers can’t be choosers.
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