Swansea City have been one of the most interesting teams to monitor in the Championship this season in their adjustment period to Russell Martin’s bold style of play.
The Scotsman had a fairly successful stint at Milton Keynes Dons in League One before joining the Swans on the cusp of the 2021/22 season following the sudden departure of Steve Cooper.
Ten points from ten games provides us with a nice stretch of matches to analyse and draw conclusions on how the adjustment period is going.
With that in mind, here we take a look at three trends were are noticing with Russell Martin at Swansea City…
This one we expected to a degree but maybe not for it to be so pivotal to Martin’s ideas. The Swans had 62% possession despite going down 3-1 at Fulham on Wednesday evening
. A first half hat-trick from Aleksandar Mitrovic was their downfall but they would not have been banking on taking three points from Craven Cottage.
Flynn Downes and Matt Grimes’ relationship in central midfield is growing with every game and in that Swans supporters can feel confident that the side is improving.
Reliance on Joel Piroe
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Joel Piroe has hit the ground running at the Swansea.com Stadium and has carried the goalscoring burden for the South Wales club in the opening stretch this season.
The 22-year-old has scored 56% of their league goals and has been directly involved in 67%. A reliance that had Piroe not come in from PSV Eindhoven this summer could land them in the relegation zone.
Standing firm at home
They have kept three consecutive clean sheets at home, earning draws with Millwall and Hull City and a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.
Martin has plumped for ball players over no nonsense defenders in the backline, seeing Kyle Naughton apply his trade in the centre of a back three. The strong defensive displays are a huge plus with the Swans yet to completely click in the final third.
Time will tell if they can sustain their impressive rearguard and climb the table.