Player News - Swansea City

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Francesco Guidolin pulled no punches when asked about his future with Swansea City ahead of their match with Liverpool, accepting the fact that, if he fails to win, he could be out of a job.

Swansea are just one point clear of the relegation zone and have not won since opening day, but to be fair, they have had a very rough run of fixtures since Week 3 and it will continue through Week 8, as they travel to Arsenal after playing the high-flying Reds this weekend. Another factor to consider is just how well the brass at Swansea expected the club to perform when they sold away two of their three key players, Ashley Williams and Andre Ayew, without finding replacements who are anywhere near adequate. Add to that, they broke their signing record with the acquisition of Borja and he has only played a total of 21 minutes on the season. The odds seem grim for Guidolin to find a win against the Reds but perhaps his players will step up for him and pull off the upset.
Source: The Guardian
Sep 29 - 11:09 PM

Swansea City confirmed that winger Nathan Dyer will miss about two months after undergoing ankle surgery last week.

After returning from loan at Leicester City last season, where he won the Premier League title as a little-used substitute, Dyer has only made one Premier League appearance this season which came off the bench against Hull City in Week 2. But bone growth on his ankle limited him in the past month before going under the knife: "The operation went well," said Swans head of performance Richard Buchanan. The specialists are pleased with the outcome and it is estimated that Nathan is likely to be out for between seven and nine weeks."
Sep 27 - 6:28 PM

Fernando Llorente scored a goal (two shots on target) in Swansea City's loss to Manchester City on Saturday, 3-1.

Llorente leveled the match, with a crack of a finish, when he smashed a half-volley home in the 11th minute - his first goal of the season. However, a brace from Sergio Aguero and a late goal from Raheem Sterling saw Manchester City prove too much for the Swans to overcome. Swansea will look to bounce back next week - in another tough matchup - against Liverpool.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 24 - 2:08 PM

With Borja Baston finally making his debut after struggling with injuries with his new club, it calls into question how much longer Fernando Llorente can hold the record signing off for the starting striker role.

It was a promising enough opening game for Llorente, who assisted Leroy Fer's tap-in against Burnley for the match's only goal in Week 1, but there has been little threat from the veteran since. He had four shots on goal against the Clarets in his debut but has failed to register one in the four matches since. Lack of production from the striker position was a thorn in the side for the Swans last season and Francesco Guidolin will likely want to get Borja a chance to see if he can provide a spark. Considering the club paid a record fee for him, that chance should come as soon as the manager feels Borja is capable of playing at least the majority of the match. We will see if that time is now when Swansea host Manchester City this weekend but, regardless, Llorente owners in fantasy need to prepare for a changing of the guard.
Sep 21 - 7:48 AM

Nathan Dyer will miss up to two months as the winger requires surgery to remove extra bone growth in his ankle.

Dyer stated that he began to feel pain in his ankle shortly after Swansea's preseason stint in the United States, which may explain why we have not seen much of him this season. Before his loan spell at Leicester last season, he was a regular starter for the Jacks going back to their days in the Championship. So far in this campaign, he has only made one seven-minute cameo appearance for a club that has yet to get much help from their starting wingers. Perhaps when Dyer returns to fitness he can challenge for a spot at some point this season.
Sep 15 - 6:19 AM

Leroy Fer scored again for Swansea City in their Week 4 draw against Chelsea.

In hindsight, Fer's goal probably should have never come to pass as the referee missed a foul he committed on Gary Cahill before getting on the scoresheet. Regardless, it is pretty clear with goals in three of Swansea's first four matches that his involvement in their attack is no fluke. The Swans are not getting much help from their wingers or striker and Gylfi Sigurdsson has the club's only other goal on the season and that came from a penalty kick. Those who own Fer in any format should be riding the hot hand and starting him until further notice. Those in FPL have reason to invest a transfer but should be wary of a tough schedule for Swans over the next several weeks.
Source: Daily Mail
Sep 14 - 4:01 AM

Gylfi Sigurdsson added to his Swansea City legacy by becoming the club's all-time leading Premier League goalscorer.

The 27-year-old midfielder scored the equalizer from the penalty spot in the club's 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Sunday at the Liberty Stadium, which was his 26th top-flight goal for the club to break Wilfried Bony's record. Said Sigurdsson, who signed a four-year contract earlier this summer, after the match: "It’s nice to get the record – I’ve had to wait since the end of last season to break it, so I’m happy with that. Hopefully I’ll continue to score and get a lot more for the club. It was a good point in the end, particularly when you consider we went 1-0 behind."
Sep 12 - 5:42 PM

Neil Taylor returned to the Swansea starting line-up on Sunday but his afternoon ended rather abruptly as Francesco Guidolin hauled the Welsh defender off after a torrid opening at the Liberty Stadium.

Following his involvement in Euro 2016, Neil Taylor has found himself on the peripheries of the Swansea squad as Stephen Kingsley stakes his claim for the left-back spot. However, following an appearance in the EFL Cup and 90 minutes for Wales during the break, Taylor was afforded his first start as Guidolin aimed to stifle the Chelsea attack with five at the back. But after a dominate display from the visitors, the Swansea boss decided to change things "as we needed a reaction" which saw Taylor replaced much to his annoyance. There was a frank exchange of words but Guidolin was quick to dispel any notion that his withdrawal had caused any problems: "I chose to change something and I am sorry. He is a good guy. He understood - there's no problem between us."
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 12 - 5:13 AM

Neil Taylor and Stephen Kingsley both made Francesco Guidolin's Starting XI against Chelsea but when the manager felt a change was needed in the opening half, it was Taylor who gave way.

Guidolin rolled out a defensive 5-3-2 formation to try and contain the lethal Chelsea attack with Taylor playing in a wingback role and Stephen Kingsley along the back line with Jordi Amat and Federico Fernandez. When the manager's side had fallen behind and not sensing enough threat from his own attack, he made a change before halftime to a 4-3-3 look, bringing on Mo Barrow for Taylor, much to the latter's chagrin. It has to be said that the change was a good one, as Swansea turned the match around, scoring twice unanswered until conceding in the final minutes. The fact that Taylor gave way instead of Kingsley, combined with Taylor's defiant reaction, might be a sign that Kingsley has carved out a regular role for himself.
Source: Wales Online
Sep 12 - 2:46 AM

Neil Taylor looks to be back to full fitness, giving Francesco Guidolin something to think about as Taylor looks to oust Stephen Kingsley from the left back role.

Taylor started and played the full 90 minutes for Wales in a match against Moldova over the international break and looks ready to see league action. He looked to be the left back of choice entering the season before injury allowed Kingsley the shot. Kingsley has put in a couple of fine performances but Taylor signed an new contract during the preseason and will be expecting a chance to regain his role. Those fantasy managers who were able to get use out of Kingsley in the first couple of weeks should be prepared to part ways with him but with the brutal schedule that lies ahead for Swansea, there really is nothing promising about investment from any of their defenders.
Sep 9 - 11:13 AM

According to Francesco Guidolin, Borja Baston might make the bench for Swansea City's match against Chelsea on Sunday.

The debut for Swansea's record signing has been delayed by a thigh injury and, though he was back in training a week ago, he is not fit enough to be considered more than a bench option at most. Fernando Llorente will continue to lead the line for the Swans. Those in draft leagues who picked up Borja are understandably losing patience, especially considering his starting role is by no means certain once fully fit. However, the Swans have a brutal schedule for the next several weeks. There may be better options on the waiver wire worth considering.
Sep 9 - 4:15 AM

Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin confirmed that new summer signing Borja Baston has returned to full training.

Baston has missed the past two weeks with a thigh injury but used the international break to return to fitness. The Swans spent a club record £15.5million to buy the forward from Atletico Madrid this summer after losing Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew and the Spaniard is now expect to make his debut next weekend. Said Guidolin: "Borja has stepped up his recovery and has now rejoined the full group on the training field. He is progressing well and if things continue as they are I am confident he will be available for selection for the visit of Chelsea.’’
Sep 2 - 5:31 PM

Swansea have signed defender Alfie Mawson to a four-year deal after obtaining him from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.

The Swans were unable to find a replacement for Ashley Williams with anywhere near the same name recognition, but the 22-year-old Mawson has shown promise at every stop so far in his career. Last year, he was a major influence in Barnsley's promotion from League One to the Championship and after just a few weeks at that level, he now makes the leap to the top flight. A job in the Swansea defense right now looks pretty much up for grabs. Stephen Kingsley could give way to Neil Taylor at any moment. Jordi Amat or Federico Fernandez could lose their spot at some point to Mawson or Mike van der Hoorn. Kyle Naughton would seem the safest ahead of Angel Rangel. It is a defense one can happily avoid for now anyway as the Swans face a brutal stretch in their schedule.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 1 - 12:50 AM

Leroy Fer scored with his single shot on target in Swanea City's loss to Leicester City.

His goal was an emphatic header off a well-struck cross from Modou Barrow. Fer's consolation goal means he now has scored two goals in his first three matches. He has been a reliable option in thus far but it's still too early in the campaign to label him a must-start in fantasy. A larger sample is needed before making him a weekly fixture in your starting XI.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 27 - 2:26 PM

Swansea City announced midfielder Leon Britton has signed a new one-year contract extension to keep him at the club through 2018.

The 33-year-old was named as club captain following the departure of center-back Ashley Williams this summer. Britton has made 514 appearances for the club in 14 years with Swansea after joining the club from West Ham in 2002. Said Britton: "Signing the extension was a very easy decision, like most of my contracts at Swansea have been. I spoke to the chairman and said if you are happy to have me, let’s just keep the same terms. I think it’s one of the easiest contracts the club have ever drawn up."
Aug 23 - 5:40 AM



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