Gary Monk has impressed after succeding Michael Laudrup at the helm and will be hoping to keep Swansea moving in the right direction in 2015/16 – after what have been a good few years for Swansea City fans.
Despite some pre-season predictions tipping the Welsh side to struggle, the Swans took flight with an opening day 2-1 win over Manchester United and never looked back – as they recorded their highest ever Premier League points total, with 56 points gaining them eighth place.
Following the re-building of last season, Monk will know where the strengths and weaknesses are in his squad and will look to target them accordingly this summer. The acquisition of Marseille forward Andre Ayew on a free is a major coup for the Swans, with the Ghanain sure to be followed to the Liberty by even more quality purchases.
Following their exploits last season, Swansea are thought to have a decent chance of finishing in the top-half of the table again among online bookmakers and will be respected in the knock-out competitions as well – having lifted the Capital One Cup in 2013.
Swansea City Summer Transfers
Players In (club from)
Andre Ayew (Marseille)
Frank Tabanou (Saint-Etienne)
Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Heerenveen)
Tom Holland (Manchester City)
Josh Vickers (Arsenal)
Gerhard Tremmel (Free)
Oliver McBurnie (Bradford)
Botti Biabi (Falkirk)
Players Out (club to)
Jazz Richards (Fulham)
Rory Donnelly (Gillingham)
Adam King (Crewe – loan)
Kenji Gorre (ADO Den Haag – loan)
Swansea entered the League Cup in the Second Round but were knocked out of the competition two rounds laters after a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool. They progressed to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup as well, before a 1-3 loss to Championship side Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park sent them crashing out.
Wilfried Bony had undoubtedly been the star performer for the first part of last season, with nine Premier League goals to his name before he departed for Manchester City in the January transfer window.
However, once the Ivorian had departed, summer signing Bafetimbi Gomis stepped up and ensured Swansea didn’t suffer following Bony’s departure.
Swansea Top Scorers In 2015/16 (All Comps)
Bafetimbi Gomis – 10
Gylfi Sigurdsson – 9
Wilfried Bony – 9
Ki Sung-Yueng – 8
Nathan Dyer – 5
Wayne Routledge – 4
Jonjo Shelvey – 3
A glance at the stats above reveals that Swansea have clearly moved on from the days of Wilfried Bony being the main source of goals during his time at the club. Furthermore, the addition of Ayew to the frontline can only enhance the Welsh side’s prospects in front of goal ahead of the new campaign.