A lot has been said of the tactics deployed in Sunday’s game against Middlesbrough since the final whistle. With players seemingly failing to adapt to playing without a focal point forward like Llorente, there’s one stat that goes a long way toward partially justifying Clement’s approach to the game.
The arrival of Fernando Llorente has no doubt been a huge influence on the way that the Swans have set up this season, even though he wasn’t a first team regular under Bob Bradley. Five of the Spaniard’s eleven goals in the league this season have been headers.
Add that to the three scored by Alfie Mawson during his fruitful spell in front of goal and one a piece from Leroy Fer, Wayne Routledge and – believe it or not – Mike van der Hoorn and you have 30% of the thirty-six goals this season down as headers.
While this stat makes opting for Jordan Ayew as a striker against Middlesbrough all-the-more confusing, does it also suggest that the Swans have become too one-dimensional?
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