Unfortunately, Swansea has lost some drive since my last post. Here are the current standings as at the winter transfer window.
While we are still sitting comfortably in the safe mid-table and had still surpassed my initial target of the 16th position, I have since change to set a new personal target of 13th position.
Now let’s analyse the fixture history to see what had caused Swansea’s freefall.
Having won all away games in my previous post, now we had lost almost all away games. Our home form has improved slightly with 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Our previously stalwart defense had faltered with Arsenal mauling us at 5-0 away. Arshavin was outstanding against us; scoring a hat-trick in the process.
The main reason that our defense has started faltering is because of a loss of form from Matteo Ferrari and captain Garry Monk unable to provide adequate cover during Ferrari’s downfall. The following match against Norwich promptly summarizes Ferrari’s current form.
We would have won the match if not for Ferrari’s own goal… =(
Another noteworthy match would be the away match against Man City as shown below.
Notice the overwhelming stats against us. Playing against Man City at the Emirates Stadium with Man City having 32 shots at us and enjoying 63% of possession. In contrast, Swansea only had 37% of possession, 31% defense passing rate, and 59% tackling. I wondered how on earth did we manage to survive the onslaught with only 1 goal against us.
With the winter transfer window at hand, I will be looking forward to bring in better quality upfront and maybe get 1 more defensive cover. Swansea had been too reliant on Ferrari thus far. My top priority however would be to bring in a striker since Swansea’s current best striker has only struck the net 3 times in all competitions thus far. Though with only 5 mil pounds of transfer funds with no room for wage manipulation and a low club reputation, I wonder if I could even find a good net hitter.
Do you have any recommendations for good and cheap strikers? Let me know! =)