Everton continue their Premier League campaign on Monday evening as Swansea City head to Goodison Park. The Blues will be keen to continue to their revival under Sam Allardyce and build on the midweek win over Newcastle.
The Swans, meanwhile, are desperate for a win as they look to get themselves off the bottom of the Premier League table.
We reached out to an old friend of the site Steven, the managing editor of Swansea Oh Swansea (SOS Fanzine) to get the lowdown on the Swans’ season so far.
Swansea currently sit bottom of the Premier League, is there a real danger of them getting relegated or can they turn things around?
Yes we’re in big trouble. I don’t see enough quality to get us out of the drop zone this time. We will need to spend big in key positions to have a chance.
A big problem has been the lack of goals, with just nine in the league so far. Is it simply a case of not replacing Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente or is the problem greater than that?
That’s part of it yes, Gylfi wasn’t replaced which was ridiculous considering he was a huge player for us. Up front we have two decent strikers in Bony and Abraham but this manager is so cautious. He plays for draws; we haven’t scored in 10 of our games and haven’t even had a shot in target in 4. Completely unacceptable.
Speaking of Gylfi Sigurdsson, he will be facing his old side for the first time. What kind of reception is he likely to receive?
Probably not a great one, after he refused to travel to USA for the preseason tour the fans were not happy. He was probably badly advised. I didn’t really blame him wanting to leave, in his shoes I would have gone. We sell our best players and replace them with ones not as good. Must have been frustrating to watch as a player.
While we’re on the subject of the summer transfer window, what on earth is going on with Renato Sanches?
It’s not working at all, we’re playing badly which doesn’t help and I see him as a bit of a luxury, if we were playing well he’d probably be good. If not he’ll probably be our worst player. But then again, this manager gives no one confidence so that doesn’t help either.
Finally, Paul Clement is currently the second favourite for the sack, is there a chance of it happening?
Or does he deserve more time to turn things around after righting the ship last season? He’d be out already if I was calling the shots. Awful, boring, negative football. Still doesn’t know his best 11 and formation. Blames everyone but himself. He should be out by now, the board are a bigger issue than him but he really isn’t helping.
Our thanks to Steven, and here’s wishing the Swans all the very best for the rest of the season. Don’t forget to check out Swansea Oh Swansea for more insightful fan perspectives on the Swans.