Player News - Swansea City

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Garry Monk has confirmed that Jefferson Montero was rested - for the visit of Manchester United - as a precaution after feeling discomfort in his thigh during the Swans final training session yesterday.

Montero was a surprise omission from Sundays’ starting line-up as Wayne Routledge came in for his first start of the campaign. The South American has been in scintillating form and supporters must have been fearing the worst as an unbeaten United side arrived at the Liberty. However those concerns were laid to rest during a five minute second half spell when in-form strikers Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis grabbed the goals to help Swansea secure 3pts. Post-match the Jacks fans received more good news as Monk confirmed Montero would be available for GW5 "He had a scan, there was nothing clinical so that's good news. It was more soreness and tightness. We decided it was best that we didn't involve him today and risk him being out for a long period."
Aug 30 - 5:54 PM

Bafetimbi Gomis continued his consistent scoring run, netting the game-winner as Swansea City defeated Manchester United, 2-1.

After having taken the double from the Red Devils last season, it looked as if Swansea were in trouble after going 0-1 down in the 48th minute, knowing that the visitors had yet to give a goal up on the season. The absence of Jefferson Montero (thigh) furthered the uphill battle. But this very balanced Swansea attack found the breakthrough not long after going down. On the hour mark, a quick counter-attack saw Gylfi Sigurdsson deliver a perfect cross to Andre Ayew who had a free header to beat the keeper. Then, six minutes later, Gomis scored for the fourth consecutive contest, meeting up with a perfectly weighted pass from Ayew to slot home from point blank range. Rumors are circulating about Gomis' 7m buyout clause in his contract. Clubs like United and Spurs sure look in need of his services.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 30 - 1:00 PM

Bafetimbi Gomis has started the season on fire but Swansea couldn't beat lowly Sunderland and had to settle for a draw.

Gomis scored once from a Kyle Naughton through ball and came close on a second but couldn't do better than a draw. Jermain Defoe equalized and the Black Cats picked up their first point of the season in surprising fashion. Andre Ayew hit the post in a bid to join Gomis in scoring again but his attempt didnt get the deflection he needed.
Aug 22 - 1:25 PM

Jonjo Shelvey is not making headlines the way his teammates have during Swansea's impressive first two weeks of the season, but he is quite involved in their attacking success.

Shelvey has notched one assist thus far but it could easily be more as he is currently tied for the league lead in assists-on-shots, with nine so far. Add in the six shots he has taken himself and you are looking at fifteen opportunities in two matches to come away with a goal or an assist. If he has matured mentally from his previous seasons, he could be in for his best year yet. His problem has always been his inconsistency. When he plays poorly, it is very apparent. Still, there is reason for optimism for draft owners.
Source: Fantrax
Aug 17 - 10:32 AM

Positive displays from all around, but perhaps none better than the emergence of Jefferson Montero, who put in another Man of the Match performance as Swansea City easily defeated Newcastle United, 2-0.

The Swans got off to a quick start in the 9th minute when Bafetimbi Gomis latched on to a lovely Jonjo Shelvey through ball to score his second goal in as many games. In control already, the death knell came for Newcastle when Daryl Janmaat picked up his second yellow card in the first half, as Montero's elusiveness was the key to drawing the infraction. With the man advantage in the second half, the Swans went on cruise control, with a 52nd minute cross by Montero finding the head of Andre Ayew for the game's final goal. Plenty to like about the Swans this season from a neutral point of view.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 15 - 1:22 PM

Ki Sung-Yeung looks to be winning his race to be fit for the game against Newcastle after limping during last weekends’ draw at Stamford Bridge.

Ki tweaked his hamstring during GW1 and was replaced moments before the break by former Southampton midfielder Jack Cork. However the South Korean is expected to join the group in training on Friday after scan results came back clear. The club remains confident that Ki will be available to face the Magpies. Garry Monk also confirmed that man-of-the-match Jefferson Montero has been passed fit after the Ecuador international was forced off against Chelsea. A post-match assessment revealed the 25 year-old speedy winger had been suffering from cramp and nothing more sinister.
Source: Wales Online
Aug 13 - 5:34 PM

Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis is a great pick for this weekend in almost any format.

Gomis was incredible against Chelsea last weekend and he scored from the penalty spot to earn his team a point. He led the line extremely well and was an aerial threat from start to finish. Gomis gets to face Newcastle at home this weekend in a much more favorable matchup and he should be heavily owned in daily leagues. Gomis' value goes up if Jefferson Montero is fit to play.
Source: BBC
Aug 13 - 3:05 PM

Lukasz Fabianski has inked a contract extension that will see the goalkeeper remain with Swansea City for the next four years.

Fabianski was very solid in his first season with the Swans, and he ranked at or near the top of the best keepers across all fantasy formats. It seems to be a perfect fit for him and the club so a long extension was worked out. Kristoffer Nordfeldt was brought in over the summer but strictly as a backup. There should be little challenge from him to take the #1 shirt away. Not that you needed any further reason to pursue him in fantasy, but Fabianski should be settled in for another fine campaign.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 6 - 11:13 AM

Swansea City concluded their preseason with a 0-0 result against Deportivo La Coruna at the Liberty Stadium.

Taylor started the Swans' previous friendly a week ago and this was the final test before opening away to Chelsea next weekend. To see him starting again is a good sign that he has held Franck Tabanou off for now for the left back spot. Interestingly, Tabanou came on in the second half and was at the center of the game's biggest controversy. Deportivo had a shot hit off of Tabanou's hand in the area, but no penalty was awarded, resulting in a scuffle that ended with five yellow cards being issued.
Aug 1 - 2:59 PM

Everton have targeted Swansea skipper Ashley Williams as the man to replace John Stones, despite manager Garry Monk stressing he is not for sale…

Earlier this week Swansea boss Garry Monk was adamant that his skipper Ashley Williams was not for sale. This was in response to Crystal Palace’s approach, amid reports they were prepared to spend up to £10m for the Welsh international center-back. Since then ESPN have reported that Everton have identified Williams as the man to replace John Stones, should he leave for Chelsea. The message now coming out of Swansea is Williams would cost £25m. An extortionately high fee for a 30-year-old, but not the same as ‘not for sale.’ Everton are aggressively holding out for a £30m+ fee for Stones but that money will not do them any good in the bank, with only one other senior defender in the current squad. And Swansea will know this only too well.
Source: ESPN
Jul 30 - 7:31 AM

Crystal Palace are set to be disappointed in their pursuit of center-back Ashley Williams, according to Swansea manager Garry Monk…

Most things have gone right for Palace this summer. The signings of Yohan Cabaye and Patrick Bamford have excited the fans. The acquisition of young goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and the new contract accepted by Scott Dann provide stability. And theMost things have gone right for Palace this summer. The signings of Yohan Cabaye and Patrick Bamford have excited the fans. The acquisition of young goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and the new contract accepted by Scott Dann provide stability. And the early season form of fit-again Jordan Mutch has been a bonus. Alan Pardew was looking to spend up to £10 million on securing the services of Swansea captain Ashley Williams, but according to his manager Garry Monk should accept defeat. Telling TalkSPORT, ‘Ash will be here, he’ll be with Swansea’. Fairly clear cut.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 29 - 6:54 AM

Andre Ayew scored the lone goal of the day for Swansea City, his first with his new club, as they played to a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest

Yesterday, it was Jefferson Montero who led the charge in Swansea's preseason tilt with Reading, and now the other weapon on the left side of the attack makes the headlines less than 24 hours later. With the quick turnaround, a fresh XI say the likes of Eder get a start as well as the new boys look to find some chemistry. It took some time for the two sides to feel each other out but Ayew struck in the 59th minute before Forest found an equalizer as the Swans got a bit uncharacteristically sloppy down the stretch. They have a final tuneup at the Liberty next weekend before having the daunting task of opening the season at Stamford Bridge in a fortnight.
Source: Wales Online
Jul 25 - 4:04 PM

Jefferson Montero was sharp throughout his first preseason start, setting up the lone goal for Swansea City as they drew with Reading, 1-1.

Having been out of the picture until today due to commitments in the Copa America tournament, the Ecuadorian winger made the most of his first appearance this summer. He was a threat with every touch of the ball and looked in mid-season form. He teed up Kyle Bartley for the Swansea goal and is giving Garry Monk plenty to think about with Andre Ayew now in the mix. Both options on the left look to offer more than anything on the right. Perhaps Monk can figure out a way to get them on the pitch together when the season gets rolling but it is a nice problem to have either way.
Source: Wales Online
Jul 24 - 9:13 PM

Crystal Palace are ready to launch another £10 million-plus bid, this time for Swansea center-back Ashley Williams…

It appears there is still some money burning a hole in the pocket of Palace owner Steve Parish. He has apparently sanctioned Alan Pardew’s £10m pursuit of Swansea center-back Ashley Williams. It’s an eye-brow raising move all around. Williams is Swansea’s captain and the player and club have resisted overtones from Arsenal and Manchester United in recent seasons. But now 30-years-old, the length of contract and size of fee on offer take on greater significance. And as much as the Swans boss Garry Monk would not want to lose him, a figure of £10m would be difficult to turn down.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 19 - 7:19 AM

Swansea City wrapped up the German leg of their preseason tour with a 1-2 win over 1860 Munich.

Jack Cork, who was a key figure for the Swans after being brought in midway through the season, got them up early with an 8th minute goal. Munich would level the match just past the hour mark with a penalty conversion after Ashley Williams committed a foul in the box. It would be Bafetimbi Gomis to the rescue though, with a game-winner on 73 minutes. Gomis is trying to secure the main striker role with Eder providing healthy competition.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 18 - 7:39 PM


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