Some of Jamal's goals have been things of aesthetic beauty. He is a bit like Mark Hughes in that respect. Of course nothing like Sparky in style who was a master at the volleyed goal.
He does not do tap ins or headed goals . With 11 in the bag if he could add a few more scuffy ones he would be a £20m player perhaps. He scored 5 last season so it must be counted as a very sucessful season for him so far, with improvements and development still to be made.
Wales U16 had agood win at St Georges Park earlir in the week v England. The team has had a series of good results over the last few years with Swansea players now in the u18 well to the fore.
Watts, Lloyd and Debrovski feature in the latest win. Easy to read too much into these friendlies of course but never the less there are indications the Swansea u17 age group is strong. One of those games that had 11 subs at half time.
Leeds Utd have shown a massive loss from their promotion season. Swansea simply cannot go down this route. They have a benefactor in the San Francisco 49er s who are much bigger than DC United I would think.
I recall Easter 2010 under Paulo Sousa playing Trundle and Shefki Kuqi beating Barnsley 3-1 and the play off dream was on. It seems to me Swansea are in the exact same position (albeit in a better league position) as the club were when Paulo Sousa was in charge with tight purse strings
Reading between the lines the club did not like Sousa because of his unreasonable financial demands, (perhaps), and the rather turgid football style. Sousa took the club to the fringes of the playoffs with a relatively weak squad. He gave debuts to Keri Morgan and Jaz Richards as the acadmey was not as good as today's.
Cooper may be percieved in a similar way. This is based on the assumption that Cooper will not be able to raise the performance levels of his troops and will fail (based on current performances) to muster a credible promotion drive.
Sousa walked for whatever reason and the club got a compensation fee from Liecester. I presume the club declined Sousa's request for a bumper new deal based on his achievements. The club if is falls away this season will probably decline Coopers "bumper new deal".
My solution for this is to retrace what went right in 2010 and have a zoom call with Huw Jenkins's consultancy (in confidence ) to find and appoint the new manager. Brendan was a failed manager at Reading at the time. I would keep this confidential so as to not upset the activists and rabble rousers and fan forum cyber magnets.
You are the manager of Swansea and the team is heading to the Premier league. You have flown to Washington and Jason has told you that there is a budget of £30m for new signings. You can bring in 8 players including two free transfers and two loans,
Fees Tom Heaton £5m, Harry Wilson £10m, Kieffer Moore £10m, Bright Osayi Samual £5m,
Here goes on a controversial subject. However openess is always good.
We are in a era of downgrading the academy that has been so sucessful and the club needs loans to full fill all its obligations.
It is therefore reasonable to ask how much does the womens team cost and who pays for it? How long has the Swansea city women teams been going?. I note an ever increasing media profile and have a vague idea thy went to Europe for a game or two. I personally have no interest in it at all but wish them good luck anyway.
Is the team costing the club a few £100ks and is it from the clubs current account or is a funded by the FA or FAW or other sources. Leigh Dineen is the chairman.
Criticising Cooper at this point is not very creditable. He is captain of the ship he has set his course picked his crew and the results it has to be said are impressive. A 57% win record in his first two seasons will not go un noticed whether Swansea get promotoed or not.
He approach is pragmatic. We would all like a Brendan type manager but I recalll him losing 4 consuetevive away games in the rumn up to the playoffs. I recall an harrassed Ashley Williams 40 yard own goal v Derby trying to play out from the back.
There are two difficult but winable games away at Bournmouth and CCFC to come there is then a international break. AFB are very flakey and CCFC are CCFC with their unbeten run over. 4 points are a reasonable prospect. There are four emmentily winnable games after the break. The club clearly has to inform Ayew to rest. Cooper pointed out Fulton and Cabango were just two showing signs of fatuge along with Guehi.
Cooper is potentially an embyonic Sean Dyche. I plan to support him while he is here. I sense he will do well to do three seasons in charge if the club is not promoted. 2 seasons is an above average tenure for the Swansea hot seat.
Kristopher Peterson only ever played 7 games for Swansea. Two of them were in the Caraboa Cup where he played well against weak opposition. . August 2019 to October 2020.
I reckon he would be pretty useful now in the Jamal Lowe role. 4 goals in 17 appearances for Fortuna Duseeldorf. A full swedish international. He was a permanent signing by Cooper.
The way I read it he got demoralised, his agent found a new club to join, and went straight to the chairman demanding to leave.
Are we seeing a repeat of this with a similar player Paul Arriola?. This guy deserves respect. Similar goalscoring record to Peterson. Cooper was upset the Chairman sold Peterson. I have no idea why. He did not manage his signing properly and appears to making the same mistake again.
I have been concered about this for a while. This kid is a slow burner but has huge potential in my view. A Jamaican sprinter with good ball skills. 6ft + . He need to bulk up learn from the coachs and develop. He has a cool temperment in front of goal.
He has had trouble with soft tissue injureies but hopefully will grow out of them . He has had a run of 5 games with Swindon. If he can get another 20 under his belt it will surely help in his development.