Player News - Swansea City

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Swansea City's home opener was one to forget as they ran up against a blossoming Manchester United attack and were beaten soundly, 0-4.

It was always going to be a tough assignment for Paul Clement to get a positive result here, but his gameplan at least kept his side in the match right up until the 45th minute. Their best chance to score came very early on when Jordan Ayew found himself in loads of space, took it into the area and tried to lob one into the far corner but it hit the woodwork. The defense, meanwhile, did its best to stave off United's possession advantage as Roque Mesa made his first PL start in central midfield. They would concede just before halftime though from a corner and United were in control for the entire second half, eventually pounding the Swans with three goals in the space of four minutes. It is rather clear Swansea need to do some shopping for impact players before this transfer window closes.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 19 - 9:49 AM

Swansea manager Paul Clement is hoping Ki Sung-Yeung can make a quick return as he continues his recovery from summer knee surgery.

The South Korean international has completed most of his rehabilitation back in his homeland after going under the knife, but Ki is now in Wales and is said to be targeting next month for a potential first-team return: "He had surgery on a tendon in his knee and normally it is a three-month lay-off from that point," explained Clement. "He had the surgery in the middle of June so we hope he will be playing again by the middle of September." The Swans begin their campaign at Southampton before welcoming Manchester United to the Liberty, games which will also see last season’s top scorer – Fernando Llorente – watching from the sidelines after he broke his arm while holidaying: "I think it is unlikely he will be involved in the first couple of games, but his return will not be long after that."
Aug 5 - 11:57 AM

Swansea City is set to be without its top scorer in Fernando Llorente for the beginning of the upcoming season.

The Spanish international suffered a broken arm in a cycling accident last month and has yet to join training, although manager Paul Clement said he is due back in the next 10 days. However, the 15-goal scorer is unlikely to be available for the opening match against Southampton and possibly the second match as well. Said Clement: "I think it is unlikely he will be involved in the first couple of games, but his return will not be long after that. It was always going to be touch and go for the start of the season. The most important thing is that we get the arm right. You don't want him to re-fracture it and then end up with Fernando needing surgery, because a six-week injury can then become a six-month injury."
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 31 - 8:31 PM

Swansea City continue to reshape their squad with the acquisition of midfielder Roque Mesa from Las Palmas for a transfer fee of £11m.

Paul Clement has had Mesa in his sights since last month and the Spanish pass master now joins young striker Tammy Abraham in Swansea's attack. Mesa is no spring chicken at 28 years of age, only cracking the top level of football in La Liga two seasons ago. However, he has been highly influential in that time. Last season, he was second in the league in completed passes and successful tackles, a combination of skills that should serve the Swans well on both sides of the ball. Mesa will certainly carry significant fantasy value then, in leagues that rewards those kind of statistics. In the traditional FPL format, Mesa is likely to be less productive. Transfers that didn't pan out last season, like their record signing Borja Baston, led to Swansea's scare with relegation. They need a new signing like Mesa to make an impact or it could be another dangerous battle to stay in the top flight.
Source: Wales Online
Jul 7 - 1:26 AM

Tammy Abraham officially joins Swansea City on a year-long loan from Chelsea, while fellow forward Borja Baston has been loaned out by the South Wales club to La Liga side Malaga, also for one year.

In addition to spending the next season with the Swans, Abraham locked in a five-year contract with his parent club. His stock is on the rise and he could make a significant fantasy impact in the coming season, likely beginning the term behind Fernando Llorente in the pecking order, assuming Llorente stays around. Meanwhile Borja, the club's record signing, is coming off a disappointing inaugural season and a year playing in La Liga, with all its comforts of home, could get him back on the right track and in position to help the Swans in 2018-2019. Abraham's preseason should be monitored closely. At worst, he needs to be recruited in all draft leagues, but the coming weeks will help more accurately determine his value heading into Week 1.
Jul 5 - 2:18 AM

Swansea confirm attacking midfielder Sung-Yeung Ki will not be fit for the opening game of the season following knee surgery.

The 28-year-old was injured while representing South Korea in a recent World Cup qualifier against Qatar and although there has been no timeline on his return, the problem is not believed to be long-term. Ki becomes the second Swans player within a week to confirm he won’t be ready for the first game at Southampton after Nathan Dyer revealed he is hoping to be back by the end of September following a ruptured Achilles. Meanwhile, Fernando Llorente faces a race against time to be fit for August 12 after the striker broke his arm while cycling on a family holiday. Paul Clement is looking to bolster his squad over the coming days with Tammy Abraham [on-loan from Chelsea] and Roque Mesa [£11 million from Las Palmas] close to agreeing deals.
Jul 3 - 4:47 PM

Swansea City have signed goalkeeper Erwin Mulder on a free transfer from Eredivise side Heerenveen.

Mulder is 28-years-old and just finished his second season with Herenveen. He joins incumbent #1 Lukasz Fabianski and Kristoffer Nordfeldt in the battle for the keeper position this coming season. Fabianski is coming off an erratic season as the Swans were in danger of relegation for much of the campaign, though to be fair, the defensive line in front of him were often poor and unsettled. That said, the window for one of Nordfeldt or Mulder to usurp the role is open. If either can have a very impressive preseason, Fabiankski's grip on the #1 job could be tested. The Jacks have had success with Dutch keepers in the past, most notably and recently Michel Vorm. They are hoping Mulder can continue that tradition.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 2 - 2:51 AM

Nathan Dyer is "confident" he can get back to his best as he battles his way back from injury.

The Swansea winger spent 2015/16 on-loan at Leicester City, and it was against his former employers back in February, that he suffered a serious Achilles rupture. Making only his third start of the campaign due to ankle surgery 6 months earlier, Dyer injured his left ankle during the opening exchanges, and a scan later confirmed the full extent of the damage which meant going under the knife for a second time. However, speaking to the Swansea website, he confirmed: "Things have been going well. Touch wood there have been no setbacks so far so I can keep pushing towards getting back soon. I will be doing some running on the pitch in the next couple of weeks hopefully and then we will see. Hopefully by the end of September I will be back in contention."
Jul 1 - 5:28 PM

Swansea City confirmed that forward Fernando Llorente has sustained a fractured arm this week.

Said the club in a statement: The 32-year-old suffered the accident while cycling on a family holiday, and despite it not being a serious break that requires an operation, it does mean the club will have to tailor his pre-season training accordingly. The club remain optimistic that he will be available for selection for the first game of the Premier League season against Southampton on Saturday, August 12." The Spanish forward scored 15 goals in his first Premier League season, which even led to rumors linking him with a move to Chelsea and Manchester City. However, reports linking him with a summer move have quieted in recent weeks.
Jun 29 - 10:52 PM

Swansea are expected to announce their first signing of the summer, a deal which will see Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham join as part of a season long loan.

Newcastle had been favourites to sign the 21-year-old who is currently representing England at the Under-21 European Championships, but it now appears that Abraham is keen to work with manager Paul Clement, whom he played under as part of the Chelsea youth team. His arrival should kick-start the beginning of Swansea’s summer spending with chairman Huw Jenkins confirming there will be more players arriving through the door: "A lot of work is going on, and has been going on since the last window in January, but there is not much action at the minute. The next couple of weeks will see things get clearer as pre-season starts and it will focus minds." Swansea are believed to be in a three-way battle to sign Hull City midfielder Sam Clucas while reports suggest Clement has enquired about former Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel who is currently plying his trade in Turkey.
Source: Wales Online
Jun 23 - 3:13 PM

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has admitted talks about his future won't happen until after the European Under-21 Championship in Poland this summer.

The 19-year-old exploded onto the scene on loan at Bristol City in the Championship last season, scoring 23-goals, and has been linked with a move to Newcastle and Brighton. While both clubs believed to be keen on taking him on a season-long loan, Abraham says he does not expect his future to be decided until the Three Lions return from Poland. "I haven't spoken to Chelsea yet but know I'm focusing on this tournament so the discussions will happen after," he said. "I'm not too sure [where I will play] but hopefully it will be in the Premier League." Abraham was voted Bristol City's Young Player of the Year last season, in just his first senior campaign, but the rising talent already has his sights set on the future: "After this season I need to take myself to the next level. That’s the type of person I am, I always want to do better. I always want to do more."
Source: The Guardian
Jun 13 - 12:50 PM

According to local radio station Metro FM, Newcastle United are expected to announce the signing of Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on Friday, as part of a season long loan deal.

The 19-year-old flourished at Championship side Bristol City last season, scoring 23-goals from just forty league starts, and the England Under-21 international was expected to return to Stamford Bridge. However, Antonio Conte recognises that Abraham would benefit from a season playing in the top-flight and with Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi vying for the lone striker role, his chances are limited at SW6. The move serves both teams well, Chelsea would be reluctant to sell one of their young assets, and see the move to Newcastle as an ideal opportunity to develop the player at the highest level. For the United boss, Abraham represents an excellent low risk investment, ideal given that club owner Mike Ashley likes to keep a tight rein on transfer funds despite the promise of a hefty kitty to spend this summer.
Jun 2 - 3:41 AM

Swansea were trailing West Brom entering the final twenty minutes of the match but scored twice late, Llorente with the winner, to come from behind in a 2-1 final.

The Swans had little to offer in terms of attacking in the first half and found themselves down 0-1 at the break. They managed to equalize in the 72nd minute though. Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a free kick into the area, the Baggies failed to clear and Jordan Ayew was there to head home, opening his Swansea account. Then, with four minutes and stoppage time to go, Llorente would grab the game-winner, latching onto a cross from Luciano Narsingh before slotting home. Llorente scored a goal in his final three games, four in his final five. He finished the season with a very respectable 15 goals.
Source: NBC Sports
May 21 - 12:03 PM

Borja Baston has picked up a knee injury during the buildup to Swansea City's season finale against West Bromwich Albion.

Borja has been one of the biggest flops among this season's new signings, with Swansea paying out a club-record transfer fee and the Atletico Madrid product could only muster four league starts and a single goal. That major investment yielding such a minimal return nearly cost the Swans Premiership status, but current boss Paul Clement has gone on record to say he has not given up on the Spaniard. Despite a miserable first season, fantasy managers should monitor Borja during the buildup to next season. If he makes a positive impression in preseason and is to stay with the club, then he could be a breakout candidate. Or, he simply may not be suitable for the rigors of the Premier League.
Source: Wales Online
May 20 - 5:03 AM

Swansea City very well may have secured its future in the Premier League for the next year with a 2-0 win on Saturday.

The Swans now sit four points above Hull City and the final spot in the relegation zone with Sunderland and Middlesbrough already demoted. If Hull City loses to Crystal Palace, Swansea will be guaranteed a spot in the Premier League next season (even a draw would see the Tigers facing massive odds to overcome Swansea). Fernando Llorente got the Swans on the board in the ninth minute with his 14th goal of the season, a header following a long pass from Gylfi Sigurdsson for his league-leading eighth assist of 2017. Then Kyle Naughton blasted in his first goal in a Swansea shirt in stoppage time of the first half
Source: NBC Sports
May 13 - 12:04 PM


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