Swansea City – 16/17 Premier League season preview

After a promising start, optimism over Garry Monk turned sour and Swansea looked in real relegation danger before Francesco Guidolin’s steady hand steered the Swans to safety.

A bog-standard mid-table place is a creditable position after the slump before christmas, but what was interesting was that Huw Jenkins stepped in at all to oust his manager – his managerial track record is sensational, after all.

This time, with an American consortium having taken a 60% stake in the club, perhaps some signings are on the cards.

Last season

Swansea City 1516 season

In the end, a safe middle of the road finish was probably a good thing. With all the money going around this season in the Premier League, missing out on that would have been disastrous, and with Swansea having found some extra investment this could be the season they look to kick on.

What does success look like?

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Another season of mid-table obscurity would hardly excite Swans fans, but this season is so hard to call. Every club has money, and given how quiet Swansea have been in the transfer market so far, it could be a tough season unless they spend some of that money at their disposal.

How has the summer gone?

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With signings thin on the ground, and with some blows either already taken or potentially on the cards – Joe Allen ended up at Stoke whilst Ashley Williams could join the Koeman revolution at Everton as a John Stones replacement.

But there’s still a month to go before the window closes, and with some big moves possibly on the cards around the Premier League, the knock on effects might be felt a little later in the window. Perhaps that’s what Swansea are banking on.

Key man

Gylfi Sigurdsson

With the departure of Ashley Williams, it will be imperative for Swansea to replace him properly. But this season, it might just be about how Guidolin makes his attack work that will be key.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is a man who Swansea have relied on in the past, and after a great Euro 2016 with Iceland, he’ll come back to the Premier League on a high. If Andre Ayew leaves the club this season, too, then Sigurdsson will be their main creative threat.

Make or break season

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He had an explosive start to last season, but Jefferson Montero faded from the national conscience like an X-Factor runner-up.

We all know that he has the pace to frighten any full back, but it’s starting to look like all we’ll have to remember him by is a couple of decent performances when Garry Monk was a ‘future England manager’!