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Palace 0 Swans 2

New season, new shape: Clement’s evolution continues Just a quick one* this time as Saturday’s 2-0 away victory over Crystal Palace was not exactly bursting with incident. Palace were terrible, Swansea were not, and once again Paul Clement’s 3-5-2 looks to be a natural fit

Swans 0 Man Utd 4

Clement’s risky tactical gambit hits Swans hard So Swansea took a classic “looks worse on paper” 4-0 hammering from Man United, of the sort which will have caused undeserved smugness to gush from those people who never watch Swansea play but will have confidently predicted

Saints 0 Swans 0

Soul-less Swans scrape draw as Clement sends message At what point does playing hardball in transfer negotiations start to become an act of self-sabotage? The Gylfi Sigurdsson saga has dragged on longer than a Neil Taylor throw-in and with competitive fixtures now underway, it is

Mo’ Barrow, Mo’ Free Kicks, Mo’ Goals

This article was written on January 31st 2017 — transfer deadline day — before Swansea’s 2-1 win over Southampton. I recently wrote a piece exploring the offensive contribution of Swansea’s players from the 2015-16 season. The piece was built on a system of awarding assists

Pass of Least Assistance

Analysing Swansea City’s Most and Least Influential Attacking Players This article was written in the first week of October, so Swansea City’s performances under Bob Bradley are not included. Have you ever wondered which players really make a difference for your team? Football’s uneasy relationship