In July, 2001 Swansea City A.F.C was relegated to the third division and the club was sold to managing director Mike Lewis for just a mere pound. Unbelievable, isn’t it?
But some more unbelievable things would happen still. If we were told then that this club would become one of the biggest giant killers of the prestigious English Premier League in the next decade only nobody would have believed. But it became reality as Swansea continues to beat big teams season after season and quite astonishingly they have beaten most successful English side Manchester United three times in a row. Let’s celebrate their upward graph in the English top flight.
The Story Of Giant Killer Swansea City : The Most Unpredictable Team In EPL
They arrived at the EPL through the playoffs in 2011 and became the first Wales side to play in the EPL era. Under Brendan Rodgers they finished the 2011-12 season 11th in the table with 47 points. From the first season onwards they became a headache for big teams and that growing season after season. They held Liverpool at Anfield and beat them at the Liberty Stadium by 1-0 score line. They also beat Arsenal 3-2, eventual champions Manchester City 1-0 and held Spurs in 0-0 draw. They conceded 51 times that season.
Under Michael Laudrup
After a great start to Premier league Brendan Rodgers left to manage Liverpool, but the Swans didn’t disappear like any random bottom placed club. Michael Laudrup was appointed as new manger and Swansea improved their position in the Premier League finishing 9th. This time they held Manchester City, United and Chelsea. They forced Arsenal into replay in the FA Cup and beat Liverpool and Chelsea in the League Cup. Eventually they clinch the title at the Wembley, beating Bradtford, they were unbeaten in the competition. The next season wasn’t better as they finished 12th with 42 points and manger Laudrup was sacked.
Gary Monk And His Signings
Former player Garry Monk took charge. In that season their scoring improved with the help of prolific striker Wilfred Bony. Garry Monk improved his side immensely with the signings like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bafetimbi Gomis, Jefferson Montero, Lukasz Fabianski, Federico Fernandez.
Performance of Swansea in 2014/15 Season
In their first match of the 2014-15 season they beat Manchester United by 2-1 at the Old Trafford courtesy of blistering performance of new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson. In the first half of the season talisman Wilfred Bony and playmaker Sigurdsson was within goals and they made a dreadful duo.
Garry Monk had strengthened his side further with the signings of Kyle Naughton and Jack Cork. Under Monk the Swans flourished more as an attacking side who also didn’t leak too many goals. They beat both Arsenal and United at the Liberty Stadium by 2-1 score line. Towards the end of the season they beat Arsenal by 1-0, this time at the Emirates and completed a league double over both Arsenal and Manchester United in a single season.
In the winter transfer window a record offer of 28 million pounds came for Bony from Manchester City and he was sold. Despite the departure of their talisman they finished the season as 8th with 56 points.
2015-16 Season So Far for Swansea
In the 2015-16 season Andre Ayew signed for Swansea from Marseille on a free transfer. He is a dynamic winger who has great qualities in scoring goals and creating them. Again the start of the new season was difficult for them as they travelled to the champions Chelsea. But they surprised all again. They earned a 2-2 draw from the goals of debutante Ayew and Gomis. They were unlucky to concede the second goal in the form of an own goal.
On match day 4 Manchester United traveled to the Liberty to avenge last season’s two defeats and lead through Juan Mata’s goals. But the Swans were not to be defeated without a fight back. Ayew equalized and set up Gomis for the winner 5 minutes later. Captain Ashley Williams made a brilliant tackle on Wayne Rooney to earn the full 3 points and as a result, they move to 4th on the table before the International break.
Swansea 2015/16 Season Preview
Under Garry Monk Swansea has got a new dimension. Signings of Ayew, Gomis, Fabianski for free was great. He has made a compact team with minimal resources. This season they look to score more, but their defense remains resolute led by captain and leader Ashley Williams. Ki, Neil Taylor, Naughton, Cork have become different players under Monk.
Gomis,Fabianski ,Sigurdsson ,Ayew ,Shelvey Montero is assets to the team lead by one of the best leaders of the league Williams. They are not a one man team, when called upon anyone can deliver. All can score from midfield. Gomis and Ayew already have 4 and 3 goals respectively in just 4 matches.
This Swansea can beat any team in the league as they have many players capable of doing that together and scoring against them is also tough. They looked to improve on their last season’s 8th ranked finish. They are confident, but down to earth and practical. Big boys must give them extra attention, otherwise they will surely slip against them as they play as a whole unit.
Swansea is one of the team which surprised all. Without any doubt they are the giant Killer of EPL From Welsh or we can say “The Giant Killer Swansea”. They are playing fantastically under Gary Monk and showing the glimpse of the last season. Maybe it’s to early to predict, but if they continue to perform like that they can be one or two place better than the their last season.
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