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Things Are Looking Up For Swansea City

Things are starting to look a lot better for Swansea City now, with a few signings in the last week and some of our best players to return from injury, we should see a big improvement in September.

Paulo Sousa has experienced an indifferent and difficult start to his career at Swansea City. He had the task of rebuilding the managerial team, trying to keep some of our best players, assessing the squad and strengthening it with new signings.

It was obvious to us all that we needed new players. We've clearly missed the likes of Ferrie Bodde, Darren Pratley and Joe Allen, plus the goals from Jason Scotland, who left to join Wigan Athletic in a £2m move.

Considering the amount of transition that's happened at the club, and the number of quality players that Sousa has had missing from the squad, the 38 year-old hasn't done such a bad job in August.

Some fans, those who are far too impatient, have already written of his managerial ability and they don't think he's the right man for the job, but I beg to differ.

It's taken a while for Sousa to strengthen the squad, even I became somewhat frustrated by a lack of transfer activity in the Summer transfer window, especially when we had 11 players missing for our recent home game against Watford, but just a few days remaining of the transfer window, Sousa brought in two strikers (Lee Trundle on loan, and Craig Beattie, £500,000 move from West Brom), a defender (Abu Bakr on short term 3-month contract) and a midfielder (Besian Idrizaj).

Goals have been something we've struggled to get so far this season. Our strikers, or midfielders even, have yet to score in the Championship as we've had defenders Ashley Williams and Alan Tate to thank for our three League goals so far this term. Gorka Pintado has struggled so far and with Stephen Dobbie suffering a rib injury, we were in desperate of a frontman, or two.

I was initially disappointed and concerned to read in the paper that the strikers we were looking at were former duo Adebayo Akinfenwa and Lee Trundle, who I have to admit sparked me with no enthusiasm or excitement whatsoever. Lee Trundle has struggled to get any game time at Bristol City, he didn't impress in League One with Leeds earlier this year and Adebayo Akinfenwa is nowhere near Championship quality.

However, the Akinfenwa signing didn't happen, we had a fee agreed with Northampton Town but we ended our interest once Craig Beattie signed as our new record signing, a signing that happened at the last minute. Lee Trundle also joined on loan, and although I don't think he'll do much for us at this level, he'll certainly add to the atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium and attract a few more fans at our home games.

The 2-week international break has come at the right time for us. It gives us some valuable time for our new signings to train with the squad and to get to know their new team mates, plus it allows some of our injured players to get back to full fitness. It's doubtful whether any of them will return for the Preston game, but it means they won't miss as many games.

Joe Allen is nearing a return, Pratley isn't far away from full fitness, neither is Stephen Dobbie and Ferrie Bodde is expected to make an appearance for the Reserves next week, so the squad will be looking a lot stronger this month.

All those players mentioned plus our new signings will give us a huge lift when they are all available and I'm confident that our results will improve and we'll rise up the League table soon.

UP THE SWANS!

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Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Wednesday September 2 2009
Time: 9:47PM

Comments

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Well put, and nice to see some serious optimism after what started as a summer of doom & gloom.
OriginalXOR
03/09/2009 13:53:00
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well put and nice write up kev mate and a real interesting read.
swansea_till_i_die
08/09/2009 09:35:00
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