Swansea City had a record breaking performance in the 2014/15 season, finishing in 8th place with a total number of 56 points. Gary Monk. the club’s manager, has been the drive behind such excellency after succeeding Michael Laudrup some 18 months ago. Many wondered if the inexperienced Monk could fill the great Dane’s boots, after Laudrup landed the League Cup in 2013, but the Englishman has more than justified his appointment.
The 36-year old led the Swans to their highest ever finish in history. Formed in 1912 the Welsh club has been in and out of the top flight. However, City has been ever present in the Premier League since the 2011/12 season.
For most of the preceding decade Swansea lived under the shadow Welsh rivals Cardiff City, who pushed for promotion seemingly every season but it was the team in white who would usurp their south Wales rivals. Cardiff did win promotion in 2013/14 but were relegated that same season. In the last season, victories over Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool were among the highlights of a season which silenced the critics, not forgetting home and away triumphs over Manchester United.
At the beginning of the 2014/15 season, the club was handed a tough start with a trip to Man United but midfielder, Ki Sung- Yueng and Gyfli Sigurdsson saw Swansea claim a 2-1 victory. Although the club lose its top goal scorer, Wilfried Bony, they did not suffer much, remaining consistent throughout the season. The arrivals of Kyle Naughton and Jack Couk brought fresh impetus to the team.
Jazz Richards, David Cornell and Alan Tate were among those who bid farewell to the team in the latest transfer window while Andre Ayew, Franck Tabanal, Oliver McBurnie and Kristoffer Nordfelt have joined the team.*
Monk’s men once again have a nightmare opening fixture, as they will face Chelsea on the opening day at Stamford Bridge.
*Correct as at 5 August 2015