Rock bottom of the table and without a win in seven Premier League games, Swansea City’s chances of spending Christmas in the relegation zone look more likely than 70% of households watching Elf over the next three weeks.
On a positive note, the Swans’ 2-1 defeat by Stoke on the weekend did bring the rare site of Paul Clement’s side finding the net; just three goals in seven Premier League games has seen the Welsh side collect only one point from 21 since the 14th of October.
Glum reading, miserable statistics, and hardly a surprise when you sell two players who contributed 24 goals of Swansea’s 45 last season;
Sigurdsson – gutted we ever sold him, set peice king, made swansea a competitive prem side on his own, won’t be a flop and worth every penny pic.twitter.com/CdXJO1g6h9
— maximum (@VivaVertonghen) August 29, 2017
Despite Swansea’s regular battle at the bottom, the Welsh outfit have only finished once outside the top 12 in the previous six Premier League seasons – since their promotion from the Championship.
Expectation at the Liberty Stadium is, therefore, to look up the table, rather than down it. However, the Swans collecting just nine points so far this season suggests there’s little reason to be positive as we head towards the half-way mark of the season; they’re in big trouble with the joint lowest amount of goals – with Crystal Palace, who have not registered an away goal all season – as they have found the net just eight times this season.
With all the statistics pointing towards Paul Clement’s door as the next manager casualty, it would still seem the Swans are better to stick with the Englishman; two home games, before Christmas, against West Brom and Crystal Palace could paint a better picture for the Welsh side, and according to the CLICKON algorithm, Swansea aren’t performing as bad compared to the expected results as the current standings suggests.
The Swans’ recruitment system has been criticised, with the manager failing to replace their two big summer exits. Much of the scapegoat has been the ‘marquee’ signing of Renato Sanches who has come in for a lot of stick – even the likes of Tim Sherwood feel they have reason to get on the Portuguese player’s back:
“If this boy put these performances on, not just today, but since he’s been at the football club, if that was a kid from the academy, you would never, ever see him again. You would never, ever see him again,”
— Tim Sherwood
But, Sanches figures do not make for as glum reading as his performances suggest. Compared to Sigurdsson, the 20-year-old has had 600 minutes less football, to date this season, yet has still had 17 successful take-ons compared to Sigurdsson’s nine.
The Swan trying to get his team moving and playing forward has also seen him make 144 forwarded passes, compared to the Evertonian’s 188; the intention is there to get his team playing, the 20-year-old is just struggling without the right players around him.
Wilfried Bony finally getting off the mark against Stoke, and the fact Tammy Abraham has proved he can finish with his four goals so far this season, there are reasons to suggest Swansea’s front three can get going this season.
A bit more patience around the manager, to see how Clement does over the next few games could see the tide switch in the Swans’ favour; let’s hope the manager merry-go-round doesn’t strike again before the day of Christmas.