Date:Tuesday May 4 2010
Swansea City captain Garry Monk insists the club must strengthen the squad in the Summer, and he shows concerns that we could lose 1 or 2 of our best players.
The defender told the Evening Post that we lost 40 goals last Summer following the departures of Jason Scotland and Jordi Gomez to Wigan Athletic, and we didn't replace them.
We were one of the worst scorers in the League this season as we relied on a strong defence to pick up results.
Monk also says that if we lose some of our best players, we must reinvest the money in buying replacements.
Leon Britton, Darren Pratley, Ashley Williams, Angel Rangel, Dorus De Vries and Joe Allen are some of the players that could attract interest in the following months.
'It's a massive summer for the club,'
'I'm sure the manager, the chairman and the board will work hard to make sure we get the right signings in, and they have to make sure we don't lose too many.
'There will be one or two casualties, if you can call them that.
'We have got players who have admirers which shows you how well they have done this season. They deserve to play in the Premier League, and I wish they were doing it with us.
'But if anyone is sold, I would expect the money to be reinvested in the team.
'If the offers are right for the club and we lose high-quality players, we have to replace them with players of the same calibre if not better.
'The club have to realise that we need to strengthen. We lost 40 goals last summer and we didn't replace them and, if similar things happen this summer, it's really important we get the decisions right.
'Whatever happens, we have to strive to go again next season, and it's massively important that the club protect our interests to make sure we keep progressing.'
Monk also spoke about the disappointment of missing out on the play-offs:
'It would have been easier to take if Blackpool had won comfortably,'
'They have been on an unbelievable run to be fair to them, but we feel we should have been in the play-offs.
'The commitment was there and the effort was there all season, but we have been let down by some massive refereeing decisions and, at times, a lack of quality in front of goal.
'Even in our defeats our performances have nearly always been there, but the margins are fine. A decision here or there and a shot here or there and everything could have been different.'
Date:Tuesday May 4 2010
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