Swansea City can’t have too many complaints about the impressive start they have made to the 2019/20 season. In fact, the Welsh side might have got, pretty much, what they might have hoped for.
With an opening day fixture at the Liberty Stadium against Hull City and a tough away trip to Pride Park in the following, four points seems like the perfect start to their second season back in the Championship.
With all this being said, what are three things we have learned from the Swans’ opening few fixtures of the new campaign?
We take a look…
Swansea’s strict formula
Being as popular a manager as he was, when Graham Potter left for the dizzy heights of the Premier League without Swansea, it is fair to say that a feeling of apprehension crept its way into the Liberty Stadium on hearing about the appointment of Steve Cooper.
Swansea wouldn’t have known what to expect from the new manager but may have been quite pleasantly surprised when they came to notice that Cooper has, instead, decided to pick up where Potter left off.
He hasn’t reinvented the wheel by any means and has stuck to the same 4-2-3-1 formation that Swansea deployed for much of last season, with the spine of Mike van der Hoorn, Matt Grimes and Bersant Celina remaining the same.
Win your home games
One winning formula, that has proved quite successful over the years, to escaping the realms of the Championship is to win your home games and get what you can from your away ones.
This is exactly how Swansea have started the season under Cooper. The side have managed two wins from as many games at the Liberty Stadium and recorded an impressive point away at Derby County.
In those two home games against Hull and Northampton Town respectively, Swansea had to come from behind to seal the victory. The side is already showing a strong character to win from losing positions which can only bode well for the future.
Strength in depth
Swansea’s latest match in the EFL Cup was a reminder of the impressive firepower the side still have even despite losing top scorer Oliver McBurnie this summer. To bring on the calibre of player like Andre Ayew as a substitute shows that this team still has undoubted quality in their attacking ranks.
Plus, the return of Borja Baston from his second consecutive loan spell in Spain looks like a smart move, scoring on the opening day of the season against Hull.
Losing McBurnie and still having top quality competition for attacking places between the likes of Ayew, Baston and Sam Surridge will fill supporters with great confidence as the season continues.