Opposition view: Swansea City

By Ric Turner, Thu 22 September 2016 12:42

Opposition view: Swansea CitySteven Carroll from the SOS fanzine give us the lowdown on Saturday's opponents

What are your expectations for this season?

At the moment I'd be happy with 17th. This is the weakest side we've had since we've been at this level in my opinion and the manager doesn't inspire any confidence at all. I was hoping lessons would be learnt after our mid-season stutter last season but they've been sadly ignored.

Are you happy with the manager?

No I think he only got the job because he's a yes man to the new regime who have overseen a profit in terms of transfer dealings this summer. He did in fairness pull us out of trouble last term but many performances were questionable. We beat Villa 1-0 for example but were dreadful and very lucky. Some of his wins were against big sides but Chelsea played half a team and Liverpool played a reserve team as they concentrated on Europe. He won't be here at Christmas in my opinion but at same time a new manager won't fix all our problems. Lack of investment is the main reason we will struggle.

Who are your key players?

Gylfi Sigurdsson played a key role in our survival hitting 9 goals from the turn of the year and will be very important again. Borja Baston is the other key one, he's barely played yet but we are relying on our record signing to get the goals we need. If he doesn't I will be fearing the worst.

Were you happy with the business done in the transfer window?

You can probably guess what's coming here- not in the slightest. We needed to ship a few under performers from last year out and get players who would immediately slot into the eleven to replace them. Other than up front where Fernando Llorente and Baston must surely be better than the usleess Bafetimbi Gomis and Eder. Elsewhere though Andre Ayew has left and been replaced by Nathan Dyer (a significant downgrade) and Ashley Williams has left and been replaced by Alfie Mawson from Barnsley who has yet to play. That's not counting other areas like central midfield which needed improving and weren't. It was a very underwhelming summer.

Are there any rising stars in the squad that we might not have heard of?

Mo Barrow is probably someone you are aware of but if not he will probably play on Saturday and has pace to burn. The other one is striker Oli McBurnie who scored a couple against Peterborough in the last round of the Cup. Guidolin doesn't seem to rate him though, even though we've only had one fit striker he still hasn't been on the bench a great deal.

Your Achilles heel?

There's a few here. Set pieces has been a big one for years and still is but this term so far we've been poor in so many areas. We can;t keep the ball for long periods any more, don't create chances and the players don't seem to know what they're supposed to be doing.

If you could have any City player in your team who would you choose?

I'd take anyone at the moment but it's got to be Sergio Aguero. He's the best player I've seen play against us since we've been in this division along with Gareth Bale. One of the few true world class players in the Premier League.

What is your perception of City as a club?

A club that knows what's its doing and has emphasised the point by getting Pep Guardiola and giving him a free reign on everything on the football side of the club. I'm expecting more consistency from City over the next three years rather than a good year followed by a mediocre one.

Likely starting XI for the game, and score prediction?

Guidolin may make more changes so hard to say, but i'll predict, Fabianski, Naughton, Amat, Fernendez, Taylor, Fer, Cork, Barrow, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Llorente.

Score prediction - I honestly think you'll batter us. We're in disarray, you've had spells where you've looked untouchable and are the type of team that will look for more goals even if the game is safe. 0-5 to you, hope I'm wrong!