This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
As far as summer transfer windows go, Swansea City’s has been anything but an easy one.
The South Wales side have had to contend with some major losses, including influential winger Dan James as well as manager Graham Potter, who chose to make the step-up to the Premier League with Brighton.
Former England Under-17 boss Steve Cooper has come in to replace him in the dug-out and has had a tricky time bringing in new faces.
With just days remaining of the window, Jake Bidwell and Ben Wilmot are still the only new recruits to arrive at the Liberty.
So, what can we expect from the Swans this season?
We caught up with Football League World’s regular punter Jacob Bellayuto for the lowdown…
1) How do you see things unfolding under Steve Cooper?
“I feel things in the Steve Cooper era have gone very smoothly since his arrival.
“He is dedicated to continuing the revival of the “Swansea Way” that Graham Potter started last season so we will be a fairly attack-minded team who focus on keeping the ball. Seeing as Cooper has been a youth coach in the past, I can see him giving a large chunk of chances to players like Joel Asoro, Yan Dhanda and some of the youngsters in the Under-23 squad.
“I think this is important, especially right now, as the club need to look within for talent due to our economic situation.”
2) Who do you think will be your key man this season?
“Oli McBurnie is the heart of the attack and this team as a whole.
“He is good at holding up play and creating for others, but above all, he is our best finisher.
“No one else on the team really comes close to matching what Oli can do. Without him, I couldn’t see us scoring many goals without someone else really stepping up their game.”
3) What could potentially be your downfall this season?
“The loss of McBurnie.
“If we sell him at this point, we would have to move quickly to find his replacement and I don’t think we could find one in our price range with as much quality as Oli.
“On the pitch, I believe defending free-kicks is still a major problem for the team. A lot of the goals we conceded last year were set piece goals and that hasn’t changed much this pre-season.”
4) What would be a successful season for the Swans?
“Success for this team should be quantified as a play-off spot.
“I think we have a great opportunity to build on last year and increase our points total. I know many people don’t believe we have the team to do that and they point to the loss of Dan James as a big part of that.
“But, we have kept the rest of our big contributors, and there is a belief around the club that pushing for a play-off spot and promotion should be the goal this year.”