Swansea’s first season in the Premier League surpassed all expectations. With nearly all pundits considering them certainties for relegation at the beginning of the year, they not only managed to surprise everyone and finish 11th, but also did so playing an entertaining and attractive style of football that rightly earned them plaudits from all corners. They have lost manager Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool but have made a smart appointment in Michael Laudrup, a man expected to continue the passing philosophy implemented by Rodgers.
After the lack of squad depth was exposed with a poor finish to the season last year, Laudrup has set out on strengthening the group. He has completed the loan signing of attacking midfielder Jonathan De Guzman (£3.0m), who was playing Champions League football with Villarreal last season. He is an exciting midfielder with a good eye for goal and should fit in well with Swansea’s style of play.
Striker Danny Graham (£5.3m) led the goalscoring charts for the club last term with 14. The team only played with one striker for much of the season, so the team’s other strikers scored relatively poorly. However, this may change with the arrival of the new manager, so Leroy Lita (£3.6m) or Luke Moore (£4.1m) could play and score more this season.
The Swansea player providing the most key contributions for Telegraph Fantasy Football managers was Wayne Routledge (£3.5m), with nine. This was despite him being in and out of the side all season, with only 19 starts. He did manage to establish himself more towards the end of the season, starting in six of the last seven games, so we may see his overall points tally increase in the next campaign.
Scott Sinclair (£3.9m) had the best points to £M ratio in the team last season (38.6), with eight goals and eight key contributions helping him to reach 135 fantasy points. With his price raised by almost half a million, he will have to improve upon this return to retain his place as the best value player in the squad.
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