For me this is the team.. with Bony and Montero injury prone.. I think they are perfect impact subs but obviously for tiredness they can replace Mcburnie and james to freshen up the team.
I prefer to see grimes in CM than Fulton.. I feel grimes just makes better passes forward. And yes I know I chose Mackay even though he hasn't been too great this season (but did score the winner yesterday) but I feel having an attacking player on RW and having an attacking RB with Roberts would be best for us.
What do you think his best type of play in the team is?
for me I think he is the perfect player just behind a second striker... seeing Bony back in training in the video today... those 2 strikers together could solve our goalscoring problems.
sometimes I feel a player like Mcburnie has still not got his positioning worked out well... but a player like Bony if at the top might possibly be a bit better... when those crosses go flying in. so will be interesting to see if he makes any appearances and just what would his impact would be at CH level.
genuine question. I remember before when we were in the PL, many complained that the youth set up was a waste of money and we didn't produce anyone good since the likes of Ben Davies and Joe Allen. I personally said that it is a long term thing and we weren't going to see short term results.
looking at our squads in the CH so far I believe there have been around 7 players who have featured for us who came from our youth set up (if anyone has the exact figure let me know). and most of them have showed to be good solid players for us at an early age.
This has helped us also get back to the "Swansea way" of playing because these youngsters were still playing that way even though the main squad lost its way for a while.
These youngsters are still young with lots of potential that could only grow with our winning way and many game time and who knows, could step up to the PL if we get promoted in the next couple of seasons.
So people who complained before, do you think the money going into the youth set up was worth it?
if anyone wants to see again! I am shocked CBR did not a hat trick! and what a great passing play leading up to that shocking miss by CBR. between naughty, mcburnie, byers and Roberts before reaching CBR.
Isn't it nice to see many young welsh players making their way into our first team and still able to play the football we used to love? I am not one for Wales first... but if we are able to play good attractive football with many players being young welsh footballers... then that can be only a good thing for Swansea and Wales football itself!!
also.. is this the most welsh players we have had in the first squad(first 11 and subs) in the past 10 years??
If we sign a couple of good loans and keep bringing in cheap players (mainly young).... do well in the league (promotion of close to it) whilst playing good football that resembles the old "Swansea Way" like we have in the first 2 games....... Would you still want the Americans and HJ gone????
genuinely interested in having a discussion about this (hopefully one without childish behaviour).
I honestly am not that much of a fan of the board... I appreciate what HJ did for the club before.... but also realise he majorly messed it up post Laudrup. Now there is a whole costcutting and pretty much a big reset happening this season. I will always have the annoyance of what happened for the past 4 seasons... but at the same time.. this season has made me excited about the club and the team again... and I genuinely feel happy and excited when seeing the team play so far this season.
Pros - We have got rid of nearly all of the mercenary type players who were on big wages. This I think has been the best move by us.. not afraid to get rid of anyone who doesn't have the attitude to play for us.
We have also mixed in youth in the first team. I feel this might give us more loyal players in the first team. Players who have been here since young, are used to the old way of how we liked to play and have a connection to the team.
Manager - Have to say GP has had a great start.. him and his team have brought great players in (who don't really look like the mercenary type). And he is getting us to play good football again. And the fact that GP and hist team have a bigger part in recruiting players this window is a big plus.
Cons - We are pretty light with players...this is very dangerous but could all be solved with 2 loan signings.
Seems like he used pre season exactly how it should be used.... played the games with the squad he was given... tried different formations played players in different positions. Found out the problems then signed players to fix the pre season problems (with 3 more looking like they will possibly be coming aswell)
I think many fans (especially on here) are too impatient.. and that is also the main problems.. GP looks like he can be the manager to bring us back to the football we used to love watching (use of wingers with passing play) but as he said.. it is not going to be a quick fix, it will take time and these days in football that is hard to come by because of many fans.
So far I think this transfer window has been excellent, signing 4 young plays with big potential in positions we were looking for to improve and for decent prices. with possibly another 3 young high potential players coming in.
Maybe Naughton instead of Roberts... and maybe Narsingh instead of Montero. I hope routledge isn't starting and we try attacking wingers on both sides to start with! I think if J.Ayew doesn't feature this game then he is definitely going I guess.
Would also like to see Asoro play more as he was fatigued last game so didn't feature. I think we will look more attacking with him on aswell.
I want to see Mcburnie feature more to help teamwork and getting used to working with the wingers. See if Monterro and Asoro can do decent crosses and passes for Mcburnie. Mayeb change Monterro for Narsingh.
If A.Ayew is anywhere near to leaving then he shouldn't feature.. but if it is just all speculation then I would like to see him come on in the second half.. and see how he links up with the wingers.
looks like we played a 5 3 2 formation? with Naughton being a CB in the first half. Atleast that is what I think happened. Then after conceding we changed to 4 at the back.. hope that means GP will try 4 at the back and have wingers more often.
1 - GP used Amat as a Midfielder apparently. Interesting choice, did he do it for us before??
2 - Some of the youngsters seemed to have a good game - Grimes, Dan James, Dhanda etc.
3 - No Bartley as he should be gone soon apparently... interesting to see A.Ayew though.. if there is interest probably at early stages or maybe nothing is happening yet, otherwise I thought he would have been like Bartley.
obviously it will take some time, fitness and just teamwork to get better...wonder if next game we will get to see Jordi play some games?
To see how we play tomorrow... yes I know it's against Yeovil and only pre season..... I'm just curious what shape we play, who GP sees as the go to players. Few things I hope happen in this first game:
1 - we have wingers..... I really hate us not playing with wingers and going so narrow and through the middle.
2 - How Jordi gets on.. guessing he is pretty much the only player that will definitely start surely.. with olsson not back.
3 - Where he will play J.Ayew.. would GP think of him as a winger... AM or Striker..
4 - Will Mcburnie feature.... and what type of striker would GP want him to be for us.
I am actually really happy to see it going again, Hope GP does well for us.. plays nice football and even though transfers have not happened... I am stil feeling positive about the squad that we have at the moment..
Also during this game... would HJ and others try to sign the Yeovil RB or get a deal sorted if we are interested.... I am pretty sure we have done that before in a pre season game.