Swansea City

Swansea City

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Swansea City captain Ashley Williams has spent the two weeks between league matches to recover from a shoulder injury he picked up against Chelsea and has been declared fit for selection on Sunday.

Excellent news for Garry Monk and Swansea fans as the club have a tough task of finding a positive result against Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium. With Wilfried Bony long gone and Gylfi Sigurdsson serving the first of a three-match ban, it may take a tight defense to steal a road point and that feat would be next to impossible without Williams. A true soldier, he has yet to miss a minute of pitch time this season and it appears that impressive trend will continue on Sunday.
Jan 30 - 4:12 PM

Jefferson Montero will be pushing for his first start mid-December after making an appearance off the bench for Swansea City in their FA Cup loss to Blackburn Rovers.

Garry Monk will need the talents of Montero if the Swans have any hopes of scoring when they travel to Southampton for their next league match. With Wilfried Bony no longer with the club and Gylfi Sigurdsson set to serve a three match ban, it is hard to look to anyone else as a serious goal threat. Wayne Routledge will miss the match as well, nursing a calf injury, so unless Monk sees something he doesn't like in training this week, he should be penciling Montero into his lineup. Playing as a winger but classified as midfielder, Montero has potential fantasy appeal for what is currently a very attractive price.

Garry Monk cut a forlorn figure at Ewood Park on Saturday as his Swansea side crashed out of the FA Cup but the home side were helped by a contentious refereeing decision early in the game.

Kyle Bartley was adjudged to have committed a professional foul on opposition striker Josh King after just six minutes and his sending-off effectively levelled the game as a contest for the Championship team. Despite a thunderous Gylfi Sigurdsson strike to put the Jacks ahead Swansea were unable to maintain their lead and as fatigue began to play its part Rovers were able to step up and progress through to the fifth round. Swansea ended the match with just nine men as the frustrated Sigurdsson lunged with no intention of playing the ball in injury time. The referee awarded a straight red card for serious foul play – an offence which carries an automatic three game ban.
Jan 25 - 7:01 AM

Swansea City have strengthened their defensive options with the signing of Tottenham Hotspur full-back Kyle Naughton.

The 26-year-old, who completed his medical today (Thursday), has penned a three-and-a-half year deal at the Liberty Stadium for an undisclosed fee. Naughton, a former England Under-21 international, made 74 appearances for Spurs – 42 in the Barclays Premier League – during his five-and-a-half year spell at the London club. Predominantly a right-back, Naughton, who will wear squad number 26, will also provide cover on the opposite flank to bolster manager Garry Monk’s defensive options. He will now be available for Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Championship side Blackburn Rovers. His arrival means he becomes the third signing of the January transfer window, following Benfica loanee Nelson Oliveira and midfielder Matt Grimes to the Liberty.

Swansea were boosted today by the return of Leon Britton [groin] and Jefferson Montero [hamstring] to full training putting the pair back in contention to face Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

Britton picked up a minor adductor problem during training last week forcing the midfielder out of game week 22 while Montero hasn’t featured since picking up a thigh strain almost a month ago. However the news regarding Wayne Routledge who limped out of the Chelsea game was not so good with a scan confirming the winger will miss around a month because of a calf tear. Skipper Ashley Williams will also be sidelined this weekend although it is envisaged the defender will rejoin the main group next week following treatment on his injured shoulder.
Jan 20 - 4:29 PM

Tottenham have accepted a £5 million bid from Swansea for defender Kyle Naughton.

The right back is currently discussing personal terms with the Welsh club. Naughton, 26, has struggled to establish himself in Spurs' first-team since arriving from Sheffield United in 2009 and has been the subject of interest from a number of Premier League clubs in the current window.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 20 - 2:44 PM

Garry Monk took the unusual step of apologising to opposition manager Jose Mourinho following his sides inability to give Chelsea "a game." Swansea were battered into submission and the match as a contest which was effectively over by half-time.

Chelsea returned to their free flowing best but mistakes from the home side contributed to the Swansea downfall who were off the pace from the opening minute. Without Ki [Asian Cup] and Leon Britton [groin strain] the Jacks were forced into a reshuffle while Nelson Oliveira made his first competitive start in midfield. Matic, Oscar and Fabregas were in scintillating form - the home side never stood a chance - and when Wayne Routledge [Achilles] limped off on 32 minutes an already difficult task was made almost impossible. However the Swans rallied during the second half to keep the score-line respectable but a late injury to Ashley Williams [shoulder] will be cause for further concern.
Source: Wales Online
Jan 17 - 7:18 PM

Swansea City played their first match since the completed transfer of their star striker Wilfried Bony to Manchester City and the result was horrific as they were beaten roughly at home to Chelsea, 0-5.

Swansea were never in this match for a second as the Blues would take the lead in the opening minute and never looked back. To add to the insult of a scoreline, there was injury to boot. Wayne Routledge had to limp off with an ankle problem that he initially tried to play through but may have done further damage by doing so. Meanwhile, the defense were a complete shambles as two Chelsea goals came as a direct result of careless turnovers by Federico Fernandez and Gylfi Sigurdsson. Sigurdsson offered their best scoring chance when he clanked a shot off the very corner of the woodwork, but it was not to be. With Bony gone, Gylfi's assists and overall production are likely to see a decline
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 17 - 12:07 PM

With Wilfried Bony's permanent move to Manchester City done, it gives Nelson Oliveira a better chance of making an impact for Swansea City during his loan spell.

Oliveira was another smart move by the Swans as they have a legit backup plan should Bafetimbi Gomis completely fall flat as the main man to lead the line. On loan from Benfica and with international caps for Portugal under his belt, the 23 year old has plenty of experience and upside to challenge Gomis. Hosting Chelsea and traveling to Southampton over the next two, it would be unfair to write off Gomis should he come up empty. Expect Oliveira to be a like-for-like sub for Gomis over the next few matches but their roles may reverse at some point. Both are cheap as chips in the Yahoo game, so if one does emerge, they could offer serious value.
Jan 15 - 3:21 PM

Swansea City frontman Rory Donnelly has joined Tranmere Rovers until the end of the season.

The youngster joins the League Two outfit subject to international clearance and will spend the remainder of the campaign at Prenton Park. He made his debut for Swansea against Crawley Town in the Capital One Cup in September 2012, with another notable appearance coming the following season in the Europa League against Petrolul Ploiesti, where he started up front for Michael Laudrup's side in Romania. A loan move to Coventry was cut short last season, with ankle surgery curtailing his campaign so far this term.
Jan 13 - 6:19 PM

Bafetimbi Gomis led the line as expected for Swansea City and looked to have brought them level with West Ham United but it was ruled as a Mark Noble own goal instead.

Gomis was very unlucky here. A Gylfi Sigurdsson corner was headed by the Frenchman toward the far post, where Noble was standing to clear any attempts just out of goalkeeper Adrian's reach. Gomis' header wedged itself between Noble and the post and it glanced off Noble's leg on the ricochet. Thus no goal, nor even an assist for Gomis who wound up with just a disappointing four fantasy points in the Yahoo game.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 10 - 12:46 PM

Ki Sung-Yueng is off to play for South Korea for the Asia Cup that kicks off this month, leaving a void in Swansea City's midfield.

With Gylfi Sigurdsson locked in as the midfielder playing centrally in the hole behind the striker, that leaves two spots for the double pivot in front of the Swans line. Veteran Leon Britton looks to be one and the other would usually be Jonjo Shelvey, but the latter is suspended for the weekend. With the current squad available to Garry Monk, unless he wants to shake up his formation, the likeliest final midfield spot should go to Tottenham loanee Tom Carroll. At 2.73m in the Yahoo game, he could make for a useful bench-filler if need be but should not be counted on for any more than that yet.

Swansea City have completed the signing of 19-year-old Exeter midfielder Matt Grimes for £1.75 million.

The England Under-20 international, who had been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, has agreed a four-and-a-half year deal at the Liberty Stadium. Grimes completed his medical on Friday, but will not be eligible to feature for Swansea until the league visit of West Ham on January 10.
Source: Daily Mail
Jan 5 - 6:23 PM

Jonjo Shelvey will serve a four-match ban for an altercation with Emre Can in Swansea's match against Liverpool on Monday.

Shelvey clashed with Can but wasn't sent off during the match. The FA took note and suspended him in a customary three-match ban but added a fourth match due to his previous red-card earlier this season. Shelvey can be dropped from almost all formats for the time being.
Source: DailyMail
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 04:34:00 PM

Gylfi Sigurdsson is heating up with his second goal in as many contests, but Swansea City were otherwise outplayed on all sides by Liverpool, and they would take the 4-1 loss at Anfield.

Siggy took advantage of the Reds who had just gone up 2-0 and turned off for a minute. A cross into the box to find Wilfried Bony was flicked away by Mamadou Sakho but he didn't clear it. Siggy swooped in and poached the loose ball to give him his fourth of the season. He needs to heat up as Bony may only have one more start before heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations. Bafatemi Gomis replaced Bony the latter stages of the match and showed some promise that he could be a bargain play for as long as Bony is away for the tournament. Jonjo Shelvey continued his mistake-ridden career with an own goal and was lucky to not be punished for raising his arm to Emre Can in the first half. Swansea should consider loaning him away in January.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 05:17:00 PM


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