With an emphatic 2-3 win over Liverpool at the Anfield on Saturday, Swansea City have bailed themselves out of the relegation zone, for now. They were gunned down by Arsenal last week as they inflicted a damaging 4-0 loss upon themselves and thus, the gravity of their win against a top quality side like Liverpool is simply astounding.
After their outing against Jürgen Klopp’s men, it would be harsh on them to write them off the books at the moment.
The man of the occasion was none other than Swansea City’s veteran striker, Fernando Llorente. The Spanish international found the back of the net twice as the Swans had the last laugh in a fixture that proved to be a thrilling one.
Despite the perception that he may not be as lethal and as sharp as he once used to be, Llorente still knows how to bury his chances with relative ease. There is still something spectacular in him and no wonder why a club like Chelsea are pining to take him away to West London.
Llorente has been in good touch so far this campaign, scoring 8 goals and creating 16 chances in a total of 19 league appearances. The former Sevilla striker has gelled well under the tutelage of Paul Clement and will arguably be the most influential figure in Swansea City’s relegation-avoiding battle. The striker defined the game at the Anfield, bagging his third Premier League brace, thus handing a huge boost to the Swans. Putting it simply, fetch him balls in the right areas, he will fetch you goals.
Frankly speaking, there isn’t much of a quality in Clement’s side, as far as his striking options are concerned. Whenever an interest from a club of Chelsea’s stature knocks on the door, it does appear to be a lucrative one at the onset.
In a situation like this, it is important for the manager to fend off such interest. Llorente has been a good buy for the Welsh club and he has cemented his spot up front, implying that a move away from the Liberty Stadium will be detrimental to their ambitions of saving themselves from being withered away from the top tier of English football.
The next few months are of absolute importance, and letting their key player leave would be the last thing to done on their list. With Hull City being battered by Chelsea on Sunday, Swansea have eventually handed themselves a breathing space and must look forward to capitalising on the same. Clement needs to keep hold of his senior pros to ensure no harm is done to the prospects of the club in the upcoming months.
Statistics Credits: Squawka.