After what can only be described as a frustrating weekend, the Swans will be back in action again this evening when Tottenham come to visit. We spoke to lifelong Spurs fan Kate Coggins ahead of the game, and here’s what she had to say…
Q: You’re having another really solid season this year. Do you think you can catch Chelsea?
It’s going unbelievably well so far. We’re looking solid defensively and we still hold a good threat going forward with or without our star man Kane. As for catching Chelsea, it’s going to be very hard as they’re doing so well and we always tend to end our season badly, it’s as if the pressure gets too much for us. I’m still just praying we finish in the top four and finish the season on a high for once.
Q: As a Spurs fan, who has been your standout player this season?
Harry Kane has been incredible yet again. It’s surprising everyone because they all said he was a one season wonder but he continues to score week in week out and is proving all of his doubters wrong. But it’s hard to not mention Toby Alderweireld, he’s been so solid defensively and in my opinion he is the best defender in the Premier League.
Q: Is there anybody in particular you think we should be wary of? Who’s in good form?
I think Swansea should be wary of Eriksen at the moment. He had a bit of a slow start to the season but he has really come into form in recent weeks. Since Kane has been injured he has found himself in scoring positions and he’s creating a lot of chances as well, which has helped us deal with Kane’s absence quite a lot. Also, Heung-Min on is one to look out for, he seems to be able to score a goal from nothing.
Q: Likewise, who do you think Pochettinho will see as the Swans’ biggest threat?
I think Sigurdsson is an obvious threat when it comes to dead balls, we won’t want to give many free kicks away. I think Tom Carroll will want to impress against his old club as he has come on leaps and bounds since he has moved to Swansea. Also, Olsson and Mawson both look really good players every time I watch them.
Q: Gylfi Sigurdsson has been immense for us this season. Are you disappointed that you let him go?
I always get asked this question by Swans fans and no I was never really bothered about selling Gylfi. He didn’t get much game time for us and only had the odd good game. I found he actually went missing a lot in games. I was more happy for him than anything when he started finding form for the Swans.
Q: Ben Davies went the other way in that deal. How is he doing for Spurs?
It’s been very hard for Ben, deputising for one of the best full backs in Europe in Danny Rose. Obviously Ben doesn’t have the attacking qualities of Rose, which was made very apparent when he first starting filling in for him, but he has played better with every game he’s had.
Q: Are there any weaknesses in your side you think we could exploit?
There aren’t many weaknesses to point out, to be honest. The obvious one is that we are without our top goal scorer, so we may struggle to find some to fill his boots.
RS: We know exactly how that feels, Kate!
Q: How do you think you’ll line up against us? Can we expect any surprises?
At the moment it’s hard to pick a side because there seems to be a new injury every game. If Wanyama isn’t fit after his knock against Burnley, we might have to go for a flat back four because of our shortage in midfield. I think Son will start with Janssen dropping to the bench and it will pretty much be the team that ended the game at Burnley.
Q: What’s your score prediction for the game?
I think it will be closer than everyone thinks! The Swans are a good side on their day and have some quality players. Even so, I still think we will be too strong and I’m going for a 2-0 win.
Q: And finally, do you think the Swans can avoid relegation this season?
I don’t think the Swans will be relegated; I think they will end the season strongly. I think Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull going down.
Thanks to Kate for her answers! You can follow her on Twitter here.
With the games coming in thick and fast, it’s vital that Paul Clement’s men start to regain some momentum as the season draws to an end. As things stand it looks like our survival hopes could go down to the very last game, so a good performance to boost morale around the place certainly wouldn’t go amiss!