Swansea moved up to 10th in the Premier League after beating Arsenal 3-2 at the Liberty Stadium with a fantastic performance and in the process moving above Norwich and became the highest placed promoted team this season.
They have impressed everyone with the way they play the game and even though their passing game has cost them slightly at times such as a misplaced pass against Manchester United which led to a goal in a game they lost 1-0 but on the whole they have looked solid defensively, have very confident players in the midfield, wingers that will scare most full backs and a striker in Danny Graham that is on form.
When Swansea gained promotion through the playoffs against Reading they were straightaway the favourites to go down so not many would have predicted their solid start to the season. Along with Norwich they have been underdogs all season but now especially at home Swansea look capable of beating anyone. The most surprising thing about the promoted teams this year is that QPR were the most fancied to stay up but another defeat at Newcastle has left them trailing Norwich and Swansea by some distance.
But back to Swansea and they could argue that they have made one of the best signings in the league, Michel Vorm has been in sensational form and when called upon looks like he could quickly establish himself as one of the best keepers in the league. his level of consistency has been fantastic and although he at times looks shaky when a ball comes into the box, he will be proud of the amount of clean sheets his team have achieved this season.
However, Vorm can’t take all the credit as Ashley Williams has been a rock in the centre of defence and is rightly being linked to moves away from the club but he will be focused on keeping the Welsh side in the Premier League. His performance against Arsenal enhanced his growing reputation, with him keeping the top scorer in the league Robin Van Persie quiet for most of the game, although the Dutchman did score which will obviously frustrate the Welsh international. At left back they also have a promising player in Neil Taylor who has looked like he has been playing in the Premier League for years and is also linked away from the club and it seems that Arsenal are interested in him, based on this performance he wouldn’t look out of place at the Gunners with is willingness to get forward and his solid defensive work which is certainly in desperate need at Arsenal.
Arsenal became the first opposition team to score more than one goal at the Liberty Stadium this season and Brendan Rogers knows it will be difficult to keep this run going. They are most certainly not afraid to mix it with the big boys and what is the most pleasing about this team is the fact that it doesn’t matter who they play they never change their tactics and stick to what they believe in.
Blackpool tried to play with an attacking formation last year and it eventually cost the team their place in the league as they were hopeless at the back. There are many similarities between the clubs in the way that both managers are fearless and want to attack but the big difference is Swansea make better decisions and choose when to attack carefully which means they have plenty players in defensive positions when an attack breaks down.
I have always had the belief that Swansea would stay up this year but I do worry that next year when they have been figured out, they could face a season of struggle and the old term second season syndrome could come into play. First they need to stay up and barring a collapse in the second half of the season they should achieve this and then begin to build for next season.