Statistics show that Swansea is very much right wing… But we’re not talking politics. It’s much more important than that.
Football statistics website WhoScored suggest that the Swans use the right wing as an attacking option more than any other team in the Premier League. So much so, that they also use the left wing less than any other team, and only Sunderland use the middle of the park less than Clement’s men.
So why is this? Well, you have to go back as far as the beginning of the season under Francesco Guidolin to see the trend setting in. With Modou Barrow, the Swans had a player who was confident in taking on his man and as quick as anyone in the league; he just didn’t have an end product. The constant use of our right flank with him in the side is no surprise. Wayne Routledge has also been used on the right wing, though his services have been shared with the left side of the field.
Modou Barrow evades a tackle from Spurs’ Harry Kane at White Hart Lane.
Since Barrow’s departure on loan to Leeds, we’ve seen the arrival of Luciano Narsingh. Another player with pace and potential to beat his full-back, our available attacking options go a long way toward suggesting a reason for our persistence on the right hand side.
A lot of it also comes down to our full backs. With Neil Taylor playing down the left, it’s no surprise that there hasn’t been much attacking done. Even with Stephen Kingsley’s nine appearances there, the team is shaped to attack along the right flank with the likes of Angel Rangel and Kyle Naughton supporting a winger.
The absence of Jefferson Montero this season has been disappointing given his blistering form last season, and with Sigurdsson playing on the left and cutting into the middle so often, we really haven’t had much of an outlet there.
The Swans are back in Premier League action again this Wednesday when they welcome second placed Tottenham to the Liberty Stadium.