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  • The one big development I've seen in our game from last season is our pressing of the ball out of possession. We rarely attempted the high press under Potter, and the likes of Celina seemed to be almost exempt from defensive responsibility. This sea…
  • I think Jackareme's assessment is spot on. Bidwell's been great offensively and solid defensively out of possession. It's in possession in deep areas he's lacked composure, and his stats don't lie. Hopefully he'll settle into the Swansea Way of play…
  • I don't know about last night specifically but over the season it's 77.7% -  which is Ok for an attacking mid/winger. I watched the first half just now and in the first 10 minutes Bidwell hoofed the ball down the line 3 times. Roberts, in contrast, …
  • Nice to see a nuanced discussion, rather than the usual binary borefest.  I have to admit to being mildly concerned about the way we're playing. We shouldn't attach too much significance to the results - after all Norwich and Sheffield United were …
  • Disappointed, but not surprised given his injury record and that his best position is as a number 10, where we've got plenty of options. If he stays injury free (a big if admittedly) we'll regret not seizing the opportunity when it arose.
  • Pace isn't the be all and end all, as Rangel has proven over the years. What does matter with respect to the Swansea Way is the ability to pass fluently and accurately, with a high percentage of one-touch passes relative to the norm. In the recent H…
    in First Signing Comment by Wyn July 5
  • Even though some very good arguments have been put forwards why the Bidwell signing is a good one I remain a tad disappointed. If you had to identify a player based on the credentials listed (lots of Championship experience, great engine but no grea…
    in First Signing Comment by Wyn July 5
  • I wouldn't mind if he stayed, but it's his work off the ball, as Mark has pointed out that leaves a lot to be desired. If we can make a profit then I'd be willing to see him leave - especially if leads to us signing Jonny Williams. There's a gamble …
    in McKay Comment by Wyn July 4
  • Imagine if Leon hadn't converted from a decent but not outstanding winger to a defensive mid? Stuart Webber talks at length about assessing a player's capabilities from first principles and shifting them to an unfamiliar role if their skillset sug…
  • A pass completion of 67.1% is very unimpressive, but to give context Rangel's is only 73.5% - so I guess these figures says more about QPRs playing style than Bidwell's capability. Connor Roberts had a pass completion of 85.2% - and Bidwell's pass…
    in First Signing Comment by Wyn July 2
  • Not a bad signing on the face of it, and should help us out with our set piece deficiencies. If there is a concern it's that whoscored.com flag up one of his weaknesses as "passing". Surely, this passing has to be a strength - or at the very least n…
    in First Signing Comment by Wyn July 2
  • Even if Borja is on £50,000 a week (which is the top end of what's been argued about) you're still only talking about £2.5 million for the remaining year on his contract. Yes, it might be desirable to move him on, especially if isn't the sort of pla…
  • No Baston nor Joe from what I could see - not that it has any great significance at this stage, just an observation...
  • When Kees de Boer signed for us his highlights reel was very impressive, showing tremendous technique and composure on the ball. So, I'm a bit surprised that he hasn't made more of an impression. I haven't seen enough of him to form a clear impressi…
    in Loan players Comment by Wyn June 29
  • It's worth remembering that Leon is a converted winger and I very much doubt that many saw a future defensive mid in Leon in his early days with the Swans. A Leon clone would need to have excellent technical ability, a deft touch for those quick per…
    in Loan players Comment by Wyn June 29
  • I'm very much in agreement Jackareme with regards to your views on McBurnie, Grimes and Rodon. Another reason for not selling McBurnie is because he comes across as a strong positive personality, who I get the feeling is an important figure in the d…
  • Hennessey used to be pretty ropey under high balls, whereas now that's one of his strengths. I don't know how much Margetson had to do with that, but who knows he might turn Nordfeldt into an all-round keeper yet. Stranger things have happened. 
    in Malc Comment by Wyn June 26
  • Norwich, in their first season under Webber and Farke finished 14th - so by the start of the 2018/19 season those two had a full season under their belts - and several of the players they brought in from abroad in their first season also had a seaso…
  • Sorry to keep banging on about Norwich, but they really have set the template for other Championship clubs, especially clubs like ours that simply doesn't have the cash to splash on signings. Apart from bringing through the likes of Aarons, Lewis, G…
  • I particularly liked the "Without being rude I wouldn't pay to see Cardiff City" bit 6:17 in. Followed by "I can't watch that..." It's not as if he's being gratuitously insulting to Cardiff either - it just reflects his preferences about how a team …
  • I would argue that the Head of Recruitment position is more important for our long-term success than the managerial one - important as that is too. Stuart Webber got two clubs promoted from the Championship - in Huddersfield and Norwich - without sp…
  • We only have to wait 30 years for Potter's memoirs to find out. Patience. 
  • I've certainly got a better feel for this appointment than I had for any prior to Potter, post-Laudrup, but based on not a lot, other than the fact that Cooper seems to have a well-matched background (although the info out there is very sketchy) and…
  • An exciting appointment, certainly the most interesting of all those mooted, but it still feels a massive gamble. I would feel a lot happier if I was confident that the net was cast far and wide across the continent to look for Potter's successor. I…
  • Mark_Jack_London said: I am worried that DJ becomes another Zaha. I think he's got a manager who's more willing to use young players though. And United are in a completely different place right now. Massive rebuilding job under OGS. The mon…
    in DJ Transfer Comment by Wyn June 7
  • @Swissramble’s excellent recent appraisal of Swansea’s finances for the 2017/18 season https://twitter.com/SwissRamble/status/1123845986953121793?s=20 makes for fascinating reading. The tweets help frame an understanding of where we find ourselves…
  • Kasper Hjulmand meets all three set of criteria Springheeled Jack (and is unattached/cheap to prise away, which is another important criteria for the owners) - and yet he hasn't featured at all in any of the media talk. It would appear we haven't ca…
  • Charlie10 said: No you need a technical director. Birch has no real experience selecting managers and neither does Leon. Exactly.
  • enaitch said: There again Wyn perhaps they have contacted him and he said No . Not a lot you can do if people say no you then have to get the best possible candidate from the ones who have applied . And let’s wait and see what the people actu…
  • This is a guy with a track record of falling out with chairmen, owners, directors of football, you name it. And you have him ludicrously backing Suarez's vampire tendencies, just because of their shared nationality: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport…