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Swansea City Prospects for Premier League 2016-17
2015-2016 Season Review
The 2015-2016 season was the fifth consecutive season in which the Welsh club, Swansea City AFC, featured in the English Premier League. Apart from the Premier League, they also featured in the FA Cup and the League Cup. After 38 games in the Premier League, Swansea City AFC finished 12th in the league. They finished their FA Cup campaign in the third round, after losing to Oxford United on January 9, 2016, while ending their League Cup in the second round, losing to Hull City.
According to an article in The Telegraph, the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Gylfi Sigurdsson, was the star performer for Swansea. Scoring 11 times, Sigurdsson made sure than his team stayed away from relegation troubles. He is expected to feature in the 2016-2017 season. Ashley Williams and Lukasz Fabianski also did their part and had a great season. Bafetimbi Gomis, who was considered a formidable talent, had a season to forget and was amongst the flops of the club in 2015-2016.
The mid-season sacking of the club legend, Garry Monk, in January and the appointment of Francesco Guidolin did not produce the desired results either, with qualifying for the 2016-2017 season remaining as the only positive of the season.
The Summer Transfer Market 2016-2017
Once the 2015-2016 season was over, Swansea City started strengthening their team. Entering the transfer market in 2016, Swansea wanted to strengthen the core of the team for the upcoming season. According to The Transfer Market, the two major signings that went through for Swansea in the July 2016 transfer window were Leroy Fer, the 26-year-old central midfielder from QPR, at £4.76 million, and Mike van der Hoorn, the 23-year-old center back from AFC Ajax for £2.13 million. According to the latest news, if the expected bid of £10 million for Ashley Williams goes through, then the signing of the young Hoorn will turn out to be pivotal in 2016-2017 season.
According to Wales Online, there are speculations regarding the future of Andre Ayew as well, with the footballer being a £20 million target for West Ham United. If this move is to go through, Swansea will make a huge profit, given that Ayew joined the club on a free transfer in the 2014-2015 summer transfers.
According to news reports, Francesco Guidolin has his eyes on the Barcelona winger, Christian Tello, as a suitable replacement for Ayew, but is facing tough competition from the Series A side, Fiorentina. Also, with Bafetimbi Gomis going out on loan to the League 1 side, Marseille, the return of the Euro Cup 2016 winner Eder, after a loan spell, from LOSC Lille, can prove vital in the coming season.
With the transfer market at its peak and the 2016-2017 season set to start on August 13, 2017, Swansea will look to revive their future and finish among the top 10 teams. According to an article in The Insider, going into the season, one major change that occurred for Swansea City was the green light given by the Premier League for the takeover of the club by a group of US investors. Jason Levien, the managing general owner of the MLS side, DC United, along with Steve Kaplan, the executive vice-chairman of the NBA side, Memphis Grizzlies, led the consortium, which acquired 60% stake in the club.
“It will now enable us to move forward fully focused and put everything in place for the start of another very important Premier League season,” said Swansea City Chairman, Huw Jenkins. With the Italian Francesco Guidolin signing a new two-year contract with Swansea, despite speculations of Brendan Rodgers replacing him, the upcoming season looks more promising for Swansea City AFC than ever before.