Issa Celebration: The Swans Are Safe From Relegation
Chelsea are champions of England🏆 🎉 and Sunderland would be playing Championship football next season - it feels like 2006 all over again. But this time around, Middlesborough were not so lucky to avoid relegation. And Hull City became the last team to complete the trio, which means THE SWANS FROM SOUTH WALES ARE SAFE!!
The victory away from home against Sunderland was a big moment for the club’s survival this 2016/2017 season. Throughout the game, that possession based style of football they were once known for was rekindled. And they comfortably defeated the lads in the stadium of light by 2 goals to nothing.
At the start of the season, it came as no surprise when the swans switched their style of play to throwing long passes and swinging in crosses more fervently, trying to adapt to summer transfer activities that caused a massive change in their starting XI. Fernando Llorente - the tall 32 year old Spaniard - became their focal point, meaning that they had to find ways to feed him the ball long and strong. And the 2010 world cup winner didn’t perform poorly in his first season, scoring 14 goals for the club.
Paul Clement, the Swans manager, was faced with a difficult task of avoiding relegation since he took over managing the club in January from Bob Bradley, after the American was sacked with only 11 games in charge. One major lesson I hope the new manager and the entire club should’ve learnt from this season is the mistake of selling pivotal players without properly replacing them. Some of the key players they lost include: Andre Ayew, Bafetimbi Gomis, Ashley Williams, to name a few.
Now that they’ve managed to stay afloat, summer signings are inevitable. But can the club manage to keep it’s "precious chicks" (most valuable players) away from hovering vultures? I can’t wait for the transfer window to be opened. You too? That makes two of us 😉
Cheers to the city as tough as Titanium. Swansea, home to the Liberty Stadium.