Player News - Swansea City

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Veteran midfielder Kari Arnason said Iceland will meet England "with full force" after his assist – for this evenings opening goal - helped the unfancied minnows to clinch second place in Group F with a 2-1 victory over Austria.

With Portugal and Hungary playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw, the stage looked to be set for Cristiano Ronaldo to face England in the last-16 knockout phase before substitute Amor Traustason popped up with 90+4 winner to leapfrog Portugal who are yet to win in the competition. Swansea playmaker Glyfi Sigurdsson will be relishing the opportunity of facing some of his Premier League counterparts while Aron Gunnarsson may feel he has a point to prove having plied his trade for one top flight season with Cardiff City before they were relegated to the second tier. The Three Lions will start massive favourites on the night but Iceland are yet to taste defeat at Euro 2016 and are more than capable of upsetting the apple cart.
Source: Soccerway
Jun 22 - 4:06 PM

Poland finish second in their group and head to the knockout stage by scoring the only goal of the match from a substitute and keeping yet another clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Ukraine.

While Poland led all countries in scoring during the qualifiers leading up to this tournament, the attack has been mediocre at best and it has been the defending that has helped them out of their group. It almost reminds one of Leicester City, who were able to adapt from a team that relied on scoring to a team that got results from outstanding defending. The lone goal came from Jakub Blaszczykowski, who began the game on the bench, in the 55th minute, as he was fed the ball from a short corner and fired home. Rack up another clean sheet for Swansea's Lukasz Fabianski as we should see this same Polish defense lining up for their Round of 16 match in a few days.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 21 - 2:25 PM

Swansea City are looking at Juventus striker Simone Zaza as a possible transfer target this summer.

Just hours after news hit that Alberto Paloschi will be departing Wales for Atalanta, the Swans are interested in replacing him with another Italian striker. The 25-year-old Zaza is far behind the pecking order for Serie A giants Juventus. He did show some promise in his limited playing time though, with eight goals and two assists in 24 appearances across all competitions. The problem is, Zaza has said himself he is not too keen on the idea of a move to the Premier League. West Ham and Crystal Palace pursued him in the January window and he turned them down outright. The Swans definitely need a striker to go along with Bafetimbi Gomis with Paloschi and Eder no longer with the club, but they may be barking up the wrong tree here.
Jun 19 - 10:30 AM

A converted penalty by Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Iceland their first lead ever in a major tournament match but an own goal late on allowed Hungary to work out a 1-1 draw.

In a match between two countries that outperformed expectations in their opening match of the tournament, it may be fitting that they played to a draw. The first big chance for either side came in the 31st minute when Iceland's Aron Gunnarsson beat his man off the ball inside Hungary's box and shot but Gabor Kiraly, the tournament's oldest player, made a big save. Kiraly would be at fault though when Iceland earned a penalty, when he spilled a corner kick and tripped Ragnar Sigurdsson. Gylfi, who we have seen be lethal on dead ball kicks, fired home from the spot on the resulting penalty. With just two minutes of the 90 to go though, a cross in front of Iceland's goal was turned in by defender Birkir Mar Saevarsson. Iceland had a chance at the very end on a free kick, but it hit the wall and the follow up strike was deflected just wide.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 18 - 2:01 PM

Swansea City have confirmed the transfer of striker Alberto Paloschi to Serie A side Atalanta FC, ending his short stay in the Premier League.

Swansea were desperate for a goal-scorer over the winter, with Bafetimbi Gomis struggling mightily and Eder being passed over for the likes of Andre Ayew in a False 9. They ponied up around £8m for Paloschi and he never quite adapted to his new club, though to be fair he only played in ten games. The sale to Atalanta is reportedly for a fee of around £5m, which means they took a £3m hit for a player that hardly made an influence. After making some impressive signings over the past few seasons in the top flight, this particular deal by the Swans was anything but.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 17 - 8:56 AM

Swansea City is in talks to sell Alberto Paloschi to Serie A side Atalanta after just five months at the Premier League club.

The 26-year-old joined in the January transfer window from Chievo Verona in an £8 million move but could only manage two Premier League goals in 10 appearances for the Swans. And reports in Italy say Swansea City is in advanced negotiations to sell the Italian international for £5 million to take a £3 million loss on Francesco Guidolin's transfer target. Meanwhile, the club is set to hold talks with Nathan Dyer concerning his future at the club following his return from loan at Leicester City. The winger has only one year left on his current contract.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 17 - 3:55 AM

Lukasz Fabianski came up with a big save on former teammate Mesut Ozil and powered Poland to a nil-nil draw with defending World Cup champions Germany.

Germany hadn't been held scoreless since 2004 in European Championship play but Poland did the trick with a determined effort that saw the Poles the better team for much of the match. When Germany did get their big chance, Ozil produced a good shot but Fabianski was up to the challenge. The result eliminated Ukraine from the group with Germany and Poland tied at four points atop the group after two matches and Northern Ireland a point behind in third. Germany will face Northern Ireland in the final group stage match while Poland will face eliminated Ukraine.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 16 - 4:55 PM

Gareth Bale scored from a free kick for the second time in as many matches in the European Championship but England would score twice unanswered in the second half to defeat Wales, 2-1.

England was well in control for the majority of the match but Wales were able to make the best of their one opportunity in the first half to take the lead. In the 42 minute, Gareth Bale delivered a long-range free kick that Joe Hart could only get a touch to push it inside the post after some questionable footwork. The Welsh defense did well to maintain their composure despite being kept very busy but they finally began to crack in the second half when England made some changes. The Three Lions would equalize when a cross into the area was directed by the head of Ashley William's straight into the path of the always dangerous Jamie Vardy, who punished the mistake with a goal from point blank range. Wales looked to hold on for the draw as the match entered stoppage time, but Sturridge would spoil that plan with a late strike. They are in a dead heat now with Slovakia for second place in their group, sitting on three points with an even goal differential, three for and three against.
Source: Guardian
Jun 16 - 11:38 AM

Iceland celebrated their first match in a major international competition with a 1-1 draw over group favorites Portugal.

It was Nani that opened the scoring for the favored Portuguese and it looked like it would be easy sailing from there as they looked the better side. Early in the second half, Iceland scored a goal against the run of play through Birkir Bjarnason who volleyed home from a Johann Berg Gudmundsson cross. Both sides had good opportunities to net a winner with Gylfi Sigurdsson working a chance late and Cristiano Ronaldo having a free kick from about 20 yards out as time expired. Both chances went begging and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 14 - 4:56 PM

Swansea City and Lille have agreed to the permanent transfer of Eder to the Ligue 1 side after the striker had joined them back in January on loan.

The Premier League was not a good fit for Eder, as the Portuguese striker failed to score a single goal for the Swans in his one year with the club, making just four starts. Considering Swansea were struggling to find someone in form to lead their line for much of the season, Eder must not have evoked much confidence during his time on the training ground. He seemed to fit in well with Lille though, scoring six in his half season there, and the French side take him out of Wales for a fee of around £3.4m. With rumors of Bafetimbi Gomis on the move, one would imagine the Jacks will be looking to sign a new striker at some point this summer.
Source: Sky Sports
May 24 - 6:06 PM

Sam Allardyce is not holding back in the search to bolster the Sunderland attack with Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew leading a list of targets.

Swansea City would reportedly consider selling its leading goalscorer if the right offer came in, and Sunderland came close to sealing a winter move for the Ghanaian, who arrived on a free transfer from Marseille in the summer. Meanwhile, Allardyce won't stop at just Ayew's 12 Premier League goals. The Black Cats are reportedly looking at Bafetimbi Gomis as another potential option with Allardyce keen to move for the French attacker, who started the season with a goal in the first four matches.
Source: Wales Online
May 23 - 1:31 PM

Swansea City secured a 12th-placed finish with a 1-1 draw against Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium in Sunday's season finale.

In what was Francesco Guidolin's first game without the interim manager title, after the Italian signed a two-year contract this week, the Swans held strong against a Manchester City side desperate to secure a Champions League spot. Down 1-0 after just five minutes, the depleted Swansea side—without usual starters Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ki Sung-yeung, Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor and Lukasz Fabianski—fought back for an equalizer in stoppage time of the first half thanks to Andre Ayew's deflected free-kick. The Ghanaian finished the season in the same form as he started it with four goals and one assist in the final three games.
Source: NBC Sports
May 15 - 12:05 PM

Ki Sung-Yeung is one of a number of Swansea players who will miss Sundays’ final Premier League game at home to Manchester City.

Manager Francesco Guidolin confirms Ki has been given time off prior to his return to South Korea where 27-year-old must complete four-weeks of military service: "He will not play this weekend because we want him to have some more time for a holiday," he said. "This is the reason why we decided [to allow him miss Man City]." He joins Lukasz Fabianski and Ashley Williams who will be rested ahead of the European Championships in France. Meanwhile, Alberto Paloschi, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Neil Taylor are ruled out through injury – Jefferson Montero (hamstring) will have a late fitness test.
May 14 - 11:10 AM

Kristoffer Nordfeldt will make his Premier League debut in Swansea City's final game of the season as Lukasz Fabianski will be rested ahead of this summer's European Championship.

Swansea have had very encouraging results in their last two games, most recently without the services of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ashley Williams and others. Francesco Guidolin sees the final game of the season against Manchester City as an opportunity to rest another key player in the squad while giving his backup a taste of competitive action. Fabianski was one of the best fantasy keepers from last season but was not nearly as effective during this campaign. Still, he is the clear #1 for the Swans and managed to keep nine clean sheets. Nordfeldt might have been a candidate for a one-week budget play in weekly fantasy games with unlimited transfers or as an emergency replacement for someone like Adrian, but the matchup against Manchester City is not an appealing one.
May 9 - 11:19 AM

Despite missing key players like Ashley Williams and Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea City surprised everyone with a 1-4 win over West Ham United.

Despite nothing left to play for, the Swans have racked up seven goals in their past two matches, four of them today. Wayne Routledge opened the scoring in the 25th minute, set up by a Kyle Naughton ball. Six minutes later, Stephen Kingsley delivered a superb cross that Andre Ayew extended his toe to in front of the Hammers goal to make it 0-2 in what proved to be the match-winner. Ki Sung-Yueng was set up by a Modou Barrow cross to put the Jacks up by three. West Ham pulled one back, but Swansea canceled it out in the closing seconds when Bafetimbi tapped it home after playing a 1-2 with Ayew on a counter-attack. Fantasy managers were salivating over the prospects of West Ham players in this one but it was Swansea who did the business.


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