This Is Sweden Calling
This is the first of many articles from Pelle Nilsson from Swansea City's Swedish Fan Site Svenskafans.com
Here are his views on the all the happenings over the summer.
Swansea have been back from Holland for a week or so and (even if it was only pre-season-games) I am impressed by the team performances. Of course we should beat a couple of the Dutch opponents 7 days a week but especially after the Rotterdam-game I am convinced that there´s something good going to happen 07/08.
Still the central defense is a bit worrying. Tate/Lawrence are relatively slow in 1 on 1 situations but hopefully Watt will grab his (second) chance this season. Monks´injury problems must also come to an end very soon.
I think the midfield performed very well in Holland. Ferrie Bodde can bethe next player who will be given a place in the starting line almost every game next season. Both his defensive and attacking qualities are so good.
He can also score! That is something I really missed last year. To see him together with Pratley makes me feel very confident. I was also happy that Joe Allen had so much playing time even though this was the case for most of the players.
He took his chance in Holland and he will probably be a more important part of the team (mostly bench of course) compared to 06/07. On the flanks Britton and Anderson looks so brilliant. After the Holland tour the attacking abilities (and goalscoring) of the team does not worry me at all.
Duffy and Scotland followed by Buzzy and Jones (and Anderson) should make all the opponents lines of defense real shaky. Even before the games begin.
This leads us into the discussion of Lee Trundles´departure. At first, I was very disappointed ,but now I feel more positive about the situation. Born in 1976 and not getting better I think it was right to let him go for that amount of money. Sure Swansea lost a bit of its 'soul' but let players lika Darryl Duffy and Joe Allen fill that gap.
So it´s OK. Still, if Swansea get promoted and Bristol C. will end up as last three... I will surely smile.
As for who my stronger 11 will be here is who I would pick:
G: De Vries (doubt anyone will put him second the upcoming season)
RB: Rangel (not seen to much of him yet but I think he will do good in this position)
CB: Tate and Lawrence. (A bit slow, both of them, and I hope Watt/Monk will show wills of competion here)
LB: Painter (who else...?)
RW: Britton (last seasons star with fresh contract won´t disappoint us for sure.)
CM: Pratley take defensive responsibility wilst Boode attack! (Hopefully TJ (and Way) will return from injury and show why he was sent to USA for magic, expensive healing. We really have a lot of central mid fielders! Don´t know much about Collins yet).
LW: Paul Anderson (both ´Pool and Swansea will be very satisfied)
ST: Duffy and Scotland (one will make 24 goals and the other 15! After 07/08 noone will be missing mr. Trundle)
Thank you too Pelle for his views.