Well, what can we say about Swansea City’s season. It’s been excruciating at times – and Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 loss to Watford was just that.
Not just the match itself, but the events that we’ve seen from this lacklustre Swansea side for the last six fixtures have been at times painful to watch.
Ever since March’s 3-2 victory over Burnley at the Liberty Stadium, the team has fallen to pieces. It’s hard to put your finger on what exactly is the reason for the Swans’ horrid slump – maybe it could be a combination of a number of factors.
Clement’s got to take some responsibility
First things first, I do like Paul Clement. I was full of praise for him when we were doing well and I don’t take that back. At the time, he was doing a fine job for an awful team. However, Clement’s got to take some responsibility during this direful run of form. His tactics have been very negative and he’s proved to be very stubborn on the side-line. Take the Middlesbrough home game for example.
It was one of the most frustrating games I’ve ever seen, simply because we didn’t go for it… at home… against a fellow relegation rival. And we ended up drawing 0-0 against a poor Boro side that were there for the taking. It was madness.
Not ‘going for it’ when we desperately need points just comes across as a bit odd. If we were mid-table with nothing to play for, okay there’s no need to go all out attack to win the game, but when we need points, you’ve got to risk it, especially at home.
Even in the two away games at West Ham and Watford, there wasn’t a lot of go in our opponents. West Ham were pretty sloppy, didn’t really cause many problems and if we turned up and had a go, we could’ve won that. The same goes for Watford, a team who’s got nothing to play for this season now. Watford didn’t really hit second gear at Vicarage Road, but Swansea didn’t even turn the ignition on. It was pretty gutless.
Very poor squad
The transfer business in the last few years hasn’t been good enough and now it’s biting us in the backside. The summer transfer window was disappointing; not bringing in Joe Allen for example and then paying £15.5 million for Borja Baston, who hasn’t been the 18-goal La Liga striker we expected. Also, the club didn’t replace Ashley Williams, whose departure left a huge void in the squad.
The January window at first seemed pretty productive, however, Luciano Narsingh and Jordan Ayew haven’t set the world alight at all. Plus we didn’t address the centre-back issue that’s troubled us all campaign. On the other hand though, Martin Olsson and Tom Carroll have been good, so I won’t take anything away from them. But, it’s still really disappointing to see other teams getting in some great talents from around the world when we’re bringing in players on the cheap and hoping they turn out to be good.
Lack of fighters
The lack of fight is the one thing that infuriates me. I can deal with losing, I can even deal with relegation if the Swans TRY! Although in the last six games the effort has been pretty much non-existence, barring the Spurs game which at times there was some good passages and we worked Tottenham hard. In the previous two away games, West Ham and Watford, the effort has not been there and that is why we’ve lost. Players like Ki Sung-Yueng and Jefferson Montero are not fit to wear the shirt as far as I’m concerned, and there’s also a few more whose attitudes are very concerning when we’re down in the relegation scrap.
It doesn’t look good….
You struggle to see how we’re going to get out of this situation, with Stoke (H), Manchester United (A) and Everton (H) up next. In contrast, Hull have got Watford (H), Southampton (A) and Sunderland (H).
Personally, I can’t see us getting many points from our next three games. Maybe a point against Stoke, but nothing from Man United and Everton. But due to Hull’s impressive home form, I’d fully expect them to defeat Watford and Sunderland at the KCOM Stadium, however they’ll probably fall short at Southampton. With those results, the Tigers would go seven points in front of the Swans going into the final two games… mathematically relegating us. Grim.
Stoke is a must win game without a shadow of a doubt, but Clement’s men will have to vastly improve to overcome a formidable Potters side on Saturday. Otherwise, sadly, it could be curtains for us in the Premier League.