Swansea City mid-season review

swanseaThe Football Lab interviewed Swansea City supporter Steven Carroll. You can follow him on Twitter @StevenSOS1987

Striker Wilfried Bony had scored 36% of Swansea’s goals, before getting a move to Manchester City. Have the club been unambitious – or prudent – in not signing a replacement during the January window?

January is notorious for being a difficult month to do business in. I think the club have probably done the right thing not spending lavishly on a replacement for Bony at this stage. Nelson Oliveira arrived on loan to cover him whilst on international duty and it’s up to him and Bafetimbi Gomis to lead the line for the remainder of the campaign.

Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski signed from Arsenal in the summer. What are your thoughts on his performances so far?

I think he’s been an excellent addition. For the first time in years we now have a goalkeeper who can command his area and catch crosses for fun. His shot stopping is also very good and considering he arrived on a free transfer you have to say he’s probably one of the signings of the season in terms of value for money.

Centre-back Ashley Williams has played every league game for Swansea this season. How important a player is he?

He’s the glue that holds the defence together. He’s a real leader as shown in the recent victory at Southampton when he was man of the match. With him in the side you always feel a lot more confident of a positive result.

Ki Sung-Yeung is seen as Swansea’s midfield metronome, somebody that keeps play ticking over. Are you pleased with his performances?

He’s been a revelation this term and is a very strong candidate for player if the year. He had an excellent game at Manchester United on the opening day has continued to excel since. He was a big miss whilst away at the Asia Cup.

Swansea’s problem last season was often that you had a lot of possession, but a lack of pace and width. The summer signing of Jefferson Montero seems to have fixed that?

I think last year our main problems were a number of players not playing as well as they should have been, along with inconsistent team selection. This has been a lot better this term and Montero has been a good addition so far, and has made the likes of Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer look very average since he cemented a place in the side at the end of October.

You predicted a 13th place finish for Swansea in the summer. With the team currently 9th, do you think you will finish a bit higher now?

I think my prediction looks good. Purely as we don’t have much to play for already so a drop off in performance is something I’m expecting. We’re capable of finishing in the top half but complacency makes me believe we will slip a few places unfortunately.