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Ideal Swansea City XI With Baston And Llorente Up Front- Good Enough To Turn Things Around

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Sourav Bhakat
An ardent sports lover who loves to sleep, eat and watch Manchester City play. In that order.

Swansea City made an unwanted record of sorts for this season when they became the first club to sack their manager this campaign. Francesco Guidolin has been sacked with only 7 games played and has been replaced by a surprise choice in Bob Bradley. Bradley has come in from America and is expected to bring a drastically varied style of play.

Swansea started the season with a win over Burnley but have since failed to win any match thereafter. When the Swans decided to let go of their existing strike force and went quite a while without any player up top in their reserves, it seemed that the board had plans to add players throughout the squad. But as the transfer window shut, Swansea had only moved to add Borja Baston and Fernando Llorente as the major signings, who were basically unproven upgrades (in terms of experience in the Premier League) on Bafetimbi Gomis and Eder.

Mike Van der Hoorn came in after their talismanic captain Ashley Williams left for Everton. But it was never going to be enough for a solid start as the team lacked a leader and it was apparent that the players would need to gel once more with important players like Ayew and Williams leaving.

With Guidolin gone and the incoming Bob Bradley being received with a lot of scepticism by the fans, it will be an uncertain future for the men in white.

IDEAL SWANSEA CITY XI WHEN FULLY FIT (4-4-2)

DEFENCE

Fabianski has improved a lot since leaving Arsenal and his shot stopping ability will come in handy now. Angel Rangel has been playing at right-back with Naughton at left-back. The duo is likely to continue to fight for that slot in the near future. Mike Van der Hoorn and Jordi Amat have been valiant in the central defensive area and will look to tighten up even more. Neil Taylor had surprisingly been demoted to the bench under Guidolin but he is likely to come back at left-back.

MIDFIELD

Leroy Fer has been extremely impressive this season with 4 goals and looks capable of doing the job of a box-to-box midfielder. He can be partnered by Britton in a two-man central midfield. While Gylfi Sigurdsson can line up on the left-flank with Modou Barrow on the right-wing where he will compete with Routledge and the returning Dyer for a starting spot.

ATTACK

Swansea have looked light in front of goal and the fact that their central midfielder is their top scorer highlights the fact. Hence a move to the 4-4-2 formation with 2 up front seems to be the way forward where the manager can also utilise both the big money signings in Baston and Llorente.

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