We at 32 Flags are previewing every team in the English Premier League, two teams a day until the beginning of the season. Get ready as we preview your favorite team or maybe we can help you pick a team to root for if you are undecided so far. Today, we’re covering Swansea City.
Swansea City A.F.C.
Founded - 1912
Last Year Position - 12th place
Transfers In (As of 8/14) - Stephen Kingsley, Marvin Emnes, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Adnan Maric among others
Transfers Out (As of 8/14) - Chico Flores, Pablo Hernandez, Michel Vorm, Ben Davies and David N’Gog among others
Projected Finish (Voted among 32 Flags staff) - 9th place
Rivalries - South Wales Derby with Cardiff City (Cardiff not in EPL)
Famous Supporters - Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Sheen among others
The only Welsh team in the EPL, Swansea City has hit a rough patch or two during the departure of Michael Laudrup. Swansea won their first major trophy as a team by winning the Capital One Cup in 2013. Since then, they have struggled when compared to Swansea’s potential. After the Capital One Cup win, Swansea was projected to go after Everton for a Europa League spot but it didn’t take. The squad didn’t have enough depth to do both Europa League and EPL and wound up finishing 12th and struggling in a couple stretches in the season.
This year, Gary Monk is shaping the team into his own and Swansea doesn’t have Europa League so they should be able to improve. They got Sigurdsson back after his time at Tottenham and the rest of their transfer moves helped the depth problem. There’s no doubt Swansea can crack the top half of the table. Maybe a European spot is asking for too much but they’ll be in the next best teams discussion.
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