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When it comes to clubs who are almost solely dependent on one player, Swansea City’s name pops up on the top of your head. They had Gylfi Sigurdsson to thank for after their miraculous relegation escape last season, but it was obvious that the Icelandic footballer would not stay with them for long. It went just like that, with Everton swooping in for the attacking midfielder and paying a hefty £45million fee.
The money came in handy for the Welsh club though, as they brought in a number of good players on deadline day that could go a long way in helping them avoid the drop this year. They were dismantled by a much superior Manchester United side in the second game week of the new season, but their fans can now dare to dream following their transfer activities.
Let us have a look at the strongest possible Swansea Starting XI featuring all their new recruits:
The Polish goalkeeper will continue to keep his place under the bar, and he must play a pivotal role if he wants to ensure his team’s survival in the Premier League at the end of this season.
The Swans have added a number of new faces to their defensive unit, which includes the likes of Mawson, Bartley and others. However, it is likely that Clement would go for the trusted and experienced faces. Swansea has been conceding a large number of goals since the departure of Ashley Williams, so Clement is still looking for a vocal and commanding centre-back who can keep the unit together. He will hope to find someone from among his new signings.
It is the midfield where Swansea have really got lucky, having managed to sign Las Palmas defensive midfielder Roque Mesa and Bayern Munich’s one of the most exciting young prospects in the world, Renato Sanches. While Roque already demonstrated his abilities in the game against United where he kept the midfield in shape until he was substituted, Sanches will look to provide the much-needed spark in the midfield. He and Sam Clucas will have to fill the huge gap left by Sigurdsson. If the duo can gel well together, they can certainly cause a lot of problems to a lot of teams in the league.
Up front, Swansea have managed to re-sign Bony from Manchester City for £12million, so one can expect the striker to start right away, especially with Gomis and Llorente out of the club. On the right wing, one can expect Jordan Ayew to start while the left will probably feature Wayne Routledge. The dynamic trio can cause a lot of confusion amongst opposition defenders with their movements, but Bony must improve his finishing if Swansea are to score more goals than the previous seasons.