Swansea’s excellent start to the season – ok, they’ve beaten two London makeweights, QPR and West Ham – suggests that the momentum built up in 2011-12 by Brendan Rodgers, can be continued by Michael Laudrup.
The way Swansea play, all very fluid and vibrant, should keep them well away from danger this season – confounding many of the critics who felt that it would be difficult to maintain their progress.
With Scott Sinclair on his way out of Swansea and Rodgers now installed at Liverpool, plus the sneaking suspicion that the Welshmen (are there any in their team?) may “get found out” this time, not many people fancied the Swans.
A 5-0 win at QPR and a 3-0 drubbing of West Ham may have proved the doubters wrong. There is little doubt that Laudrup will get Swansea playing good, flowing football. After all, he was an outstanding individual on the field who used to glide past defenders. Who will forget the way he played for Denmark in the 1986 World Cup, when he linked up so well with Preben Elkjaer to form one of the most feared attacks in Mexico?.
Swansea’s neat passing movements are as good as anything you can see north of Barcelona. The club may not have the riches of Chelsea, Manchesters United and City or even Arsenal, but they seem to make the best of the resources they do have.
Take their close season signings. Michu, who has scored three goals so far this season, joined from Rayo Vallecano. He was the highest scoring midfielder in the Spanish League last season and he looks a bargain. Jonathan de Guzman arrived from Villareal on a 12-month loan and defender Chico came from Genoa, but is familiar to Laudrup having played on loan at Real Mallorca in 2011-12.
Although Swansea will never be fashionable, they will certainly make more friends this season. I predict an interesting season in Wales over the next nine months.
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