Premier League 2016/17 Preview – Swansea

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Gylfi Sigurdsson netted 11 goals for the Swans last season. Image: Sky Sports

Francesco Guidolin’s Swansea impressed after he replaced Garry Monk in January. After being in the relegation battle around Christmas, the Swans worked their way up to a twelfth place finish. Swansea were one of the lowest scorers in the Premier League, and two of their tops scorers, Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis, have left the club. Much will be expected of new signing Fernando Llorente to replace these goals. The big miss for Swansea will be Ashley Williams, who has left to join Everton. As well as being one of the best defenders in the league, Williams has been a captain and a leader for the Swans. Replacing his influence will be very difficult. Mike van der Hoorn has been brought in, but will have to adapt to the Premier League very quickly if the Swans are going to avoid slipping down the table. Swansea face a very tough run of six games starting with a trip to champions Leicester at the end of August, so the pressure will be on the new signings to settle in to life at the Liberty Stadium very quickly.

Key Man: Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelandic midfielder has been an integral part of the Swansea team since his return from his spell at Spurs. He was the club’s second top scorer last season with 11, also providing four assists. His ability to create will be key in allowing Fernando Llorente lead the line, whilst Sigurdsson himself will be looking to top the scoring charts.

One to Watch: Stephen Kingsley. The 22 year old defender made his Swansea debut last season after joining in 2014. Despite only making five appearances for the Swans, Kingsley has already been capped for Scotland. He can play at either centre back or left back, and could be called upon at centre back if Van der Hoorn cannot settle quickly in to the division.

Last Season: 12th

Prediction: 12th

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