Swansea’s start to the season has perhaps not surprised pundits and fans alike as a shortage of goals currently sees them sit 18th in the table. They’ve managed to breach the opposition’s net just three times in their first seven games and the hope will be that they can add to that small tally this afternoon when they play host to Huddersfield.
The only players to have scored for Swansea this season are Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew. Abraham leads the scoring charts with two goals after scoring in the win against Crystal Palace and the recent defeat to Watford and that is something that needs to change and soon.
It was always going to be a long season for Paul Clement after selling both Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente in the Summer but is fair to say that their replacements Renato Sanches and Wilfried Bony have not pulled up any trees and could do with adding something in the way of a positive contribution.
Swansea have not won any of their last four outings picking up just a solitary point in the process, that said their opponents today Huddersfield have not fared all that better with no win in their last five matches. After back to back wins to start the season David Wagner’s men have not tasted victory since.
They were also served a portion of heavy defeat at the hands of Tottenham before the international break as Mauricio Pochettino‘s men ran out 4-0 winners at the John Smith’s Stadium. Wagner’s decision to go toe to toe with Tottenham was one that would see his side dealt a heavy blow.
They themselves are going through something of a goal drought. They have only scored once in their last five matches, that goal coming in a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester last month. It seems that after the lightning start to life in the Premier League the reality of life in the top flight has began to set in.
You could say it was admirable that Wagner wanted to try and play free flowing football against one of the top sides in the division but you would also have to say that there was perhaps a lot of naivety in that decision. That said it will be a lesson learned and they will look to bounce back this afternoon.
In fairness the game against Tottenham was always going to be something of a free hit, this is the bread and butter game for both themselves and Swansea. Ultimately it is wins here that will define whether or not you are playing in the Premier League next season.
The problem both teams have is an apparent lack of goals and that may well be evident this afternoon. It’s either going to be a bore draw and last on Match Of The Day or it’s going to end up in a farcical 4-3 thriller. To be honest I have a feeling it will be the former. A share of the points for me.
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— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) October 13, 2017