Many fans anticipated a new start for Swansea as they dropped into the Championship, in the Premier League they had become detached from the philosophy that made them so unique in their climb up the football league.
In Graham Potter they’ve appointed a man who seems more than capable of retaining this individuality as results on the pitch have reflected his fantastic management but this is due to no help provided by the board.
Transfer activity was incredibly minimal during the Summer window and so as a consequence there has been some unlikely heroes in the month of August.
Off of the back of a fantastic loan spell at Barnsley on a personal level, many anticipated that the Scottish international would be a prominent figure for Potter and so he has, hitting the back of the net three times in August and being the figurehead of the Swansea offensive. He got off the mark in the opening fixture against Sheffield United and then hit a brace in the 2-2 draw against the highflying Leeds United.
Many may suggest that McBurnie’s place in the team is a surety, but that hasn’t stopped him from producing impressive performances. But with the return of Wilfried Bony he will have to up his game and so Swans fans can look forwards to reaping the rewards of the added attacking competition. Without his goals they wouldn’t be anywhere near the top of the table, but the value of a prolific striker in the Championship is huge and Swansea are truly seeing that in action.
One of the unlikely contenders for Swansea’s player of the month. Joe Rodon is a graduate from the Swansea academy and has slotted in with huge competence for a man in his first full season. A Swansea City supporter himself, he joined the club in 2005 at the age of eight and is finally being rewarded for his hard work. With academy graduates like Rodon stepping up to first team level with relative ease, it has made the life of Potter a lot easier. Working under such financial restraints has resulted in a slim squad and so Rodon’s performances this month have been a fantastic repayment on the faith shown by the coaching staff.
Two clean sheets out of five games isn’t a bad return for a centre half in his first five games of competitive men’s football. Should his fantastic form keep up, there may be a international call up on the horizon.
Last seasons third choice goalkeeper has proved to be a revelation between the sticks as he deputised for the injured Kristoffer Nordfeldt and hasn’t looked back since. He came on for the injured Nordfeldt in the 1-0 victory over Preston North End in the 23rd minute and kept a clean sheet. His standout performance was the 0-0 draw against Birmingham City, the draw truly flattered the Swansea performance as although they dominated possession they gifted The Blues way too many opportunites to hit the back of the net. But the performance of Mulder meant that the 17 shots that Birmingham registered were of no success, he was truly fantastic in this fixture and single-handedly gained a point for Potter’s side.
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