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It's been a while since I contributed (too depressed post-relegation), and my apologies if what follows has been mooted already on here. But I would like to make a comment about the much vaunted 'Swansea Way' (hereinafter SW) with particular reference to what's happening this summer.
First off, let's be clear: SW was instituted by Roberto M and continued most effectively (after the overly defensive Sousa) by Michael Laudrup (who won 4 league titles at Barca and Real). The primary characteristics of SW were essentially Spanish: namely, short, accurate, on the floor passing + quick movement. Among the major exponents of SW I would list: Angel Rangel, Jonathan de Guzman and Pablo Hernandez, also to a somewhat lesser extent, Michu, Jordi Amat, Jose Canas. Home-grown players (notably Ben Davies) learnt from these guys, and of course Leon was already playing like a Spaniard! With 4 or 5 of that ilk in the team the others naturally played the same way. Hey presto, SW.
Now to my point. Simples. To reinstitute the SW we need to bring in some Spanish players. Not the megabuck strikers (those days are gone), but creative, passing types who are literally (not quite) two a penny, but everywhere in Spain. How de we get them? Again simples. Bring Angel Rangel back to the club and send him on a mission to Spain to spot the talent we need. He will know exactly where to look, not in La Liga, but the kind of club he came from (Terrasa. 3rd or 4th level). If Rangel can't spot a few gems, I'll eat my chorizo hat. For me, he is the epitome of what the SW is all about. I wonder if he'd be interested in management, down the line.May 28
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