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The futures bright, the future’s Brendan

Swans exceeding expectations

By | 1st November 2011

It has been a superb start to the season for Swansea City, as the club has proven the doubters wrong by climbing to tenth in the Premiership after a dramatic 3-1 win over Bolton at the Liberty Stadium last weekend.

Much has been made of the passing style of Brendan Rogers and his side, and many pundits have claimed that the sides who do play the old fashioned way of passing from the back instead of ‘lumping it to the big man up front’ more often than not come away with nothing.

This may be so, but at the moment, as a season ticket holder I once again have to take great pride in the performances of the side. This confident feeling is down to a few factors.

We have pace. Nathan Dyer has set alight the Premiership this season with this speed down the right flank and live televised performances, especially against Wolves away,  has seen the ex Southampton man taken many plaudits from the footballing public. This man is the jewel in the Swansea crown at the moment and as long as we can keep him fit we are sure to have success and create chances for our front men.

Of course, last season’s top scorer Scott Sinclair is still chasing down the left side with natural pace and with his dribbling skills he is another creator for the front players. Sinclair also has the ability to take a penalty. I’ve never seen him miss one.

The emergence of Joey Allen in midfield. Much has been expected from our home grown boy but in recent months Allen has blossomed and realised his full potential. At only 21 years old he looks a star of the future and he has silenced his critics who claim he does not score enough goals, bagging two in this last two Premiership outings. There are big things ahead for our Joey, and with Gary Speed recognising his talents by giving him his full Welsh cap, these are exciting times for the level headed youngster.

Our back four have stayed strong. Injury worries still concern Swansea fans but veteran Gary Monk has come back into the side due to injury to Tottenham’s on loan centre back Steven Caulker, and despite worries has filled the gap and performed heroically in partnership with Welsh international Ashley Williams, who once again impresses every week.

The Swans boast one of the best home records in the league with three wins and two draws, and the ‘goals against’ table makes happy reading, with only a solitary own goal conceded at home. Michel Vorm has come in from FC Utrecht following the departure of Dorus De Vries last season and looks steady and assured between the sticks.

Finally and most importantly, we have a natural leader and genuine football man Brendan Rogers as manager.

The amiable Northern Irishman has continued to instill the pass and move ethic developed by previous managers and with his assured and articulate performances off the pitch, especially in the press and media has developed a sense of calmness throughout the side. His links with Chelsea have also been beneficial with us, and the man  who worked under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge brings an air of professionalism to the Liberty Stadium.

So there we have it. It hasn’t been a bad start to life in the Premiership from the team representing Wales and long may it continue, as we will have much stiffer opposition ahead – no more so than our next Premiership test against Liverpool at Anfield, a daunting prospect indeed, but I, for one, will take the walk through Shankly Gates next Saturday with pride and a new sense of optimism.

David James is a featured writer at  free bets , which offer a number of paddy power free bets on a wide range of sports. Stay tuned for more of David’s opinions as the Premiership season takes shape.



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