Swansea were last season’s surprise package, winning the Capital One Cup. This sees them in Europe this year, which could prove a distraction. To deal with the extra games, The Swans have brought in 9 players, including club record transfer Wilfred Bony. Swansea’s passing style could see them move up the table, as well as challenge on the European front. Laudrup’s agent fell out with the club over the summer, as he apparently was offering the Dane to other clubs although Laudrup himself always wanted to continue his fine work in Wales. The Swans will finally have another derby to look forward to, with Cardiff being promoted. The first ever Premier League Welsh derby is on November 3rd.
Key Player: Michu. Last season’s wonder-buy had other clubs questioning their scouting systems as he scored 18 goals in his debut season. His two goals and one assist on his debut ensured that the Swansea fans took him to their hearts. He will want to get some early goals on the board to dispel the chance of ‘second season syndrome’.
One to Watch: Jonjo Shelvey. The midfielder went to Liverpool with high expectations, despite his age, and he didn’t really match them. His move to Wales may suit him, giving him a chance to play with less of a spotlight on him, allowing him to develop at his own rate. Still only 21, Shelvey has shown glimpses of why Swansea bought him for £5m, and given a good season he could see himself on the plane to Rio.