Vital Football

Latest QPR News

Premier League Preview - Swansea City

Premier League Preview - Swansea City

NICKNAME: Swans

MANAGER: Michael Laudrup

STADIUM: Liberty Stadium (20532)

LAST SEASON: 11TH

Without question the surprise package last season, a surprise that vastly out performed their expectations and in doing so purported a brand of patient, passing play that in itself created great excitement - not least a home victory over Arsenal in one of the games of the season. Brendan Rodgers' style of play was never going to be a secret but certainly caught many of the elite off guard.

As the season drew to a conclusion, the Swans form waned somewhat. But nevertheless an 11th placed finish rather epitomised a great season for the South Wales set-up. Only 11 points off relegated Bolton Wanderers rather shows how much they must guard against complacency coming into a new campaign under a new boss.

IN: Michu (Rayo Vallecano, £2m), Jose Manuel Flores (Genoa, £2m), Jonathan de Guzman (Villarreal, loan)

OUT:
PREVIEW:

Two key losses have tempered ambitions at the Liberty Stadium - Joe Allen has followed his boss Rodgers to Liverpool for the frankly farcical sum of £15m for a player who has spent one season in the top flight. In come the likes of Michu and de Guzman - the latter a player long tracked by many European clubs - their new boss Michael Laudrup could give that new-found clarity to help Swansea avoid second-season syndrome.

KEY PLAYER: Scott Sinclair

Scott Sinclair will once again be a key player in Swansea's arsenal as he prepares for the coming campaign. A key figure in their promotion to the Premier League, many were surprised that he was able to make the transition to the top flight so effortlessly. 19 goals in the Championship - 8 in the Premier League, Sinclair will be hoping to emulate this and impress new boss Laudrup.

PREDICTION: 16TH

Had this of been Rodgers at the helm, I would have considered Swansea to be down with Norwich and Southampton in the wrong area of town, but Laudrup - despite being an unknown quantity in the Premier League - will to my mind focus the players and adapt the current brand of patient play with attacking impetus and flair.

Writer:Boxer
Date:Thursday August 16 2012
Time: 10:13PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

5 Things Were Learned From Lokomotive Leipzig Defeat

Here are 5 things we learned from the 3-2 defeat away against German Division 4 side Lokomotive Leipzig on Sunday.

AFCON Boost For League Sides From 2019

Changes to the African Cup of Nations have provided Premier League teams with a boost from the season of 2018/19.

The Bowlescast Part 2 - QPR Podcast

In the second part of the special Stan Bowles podcast, The Loftcast team in a collaboration with popular QPR fans podcast 'Open All R's', look ahead to the Stan Bowles..

Would QPR FC Take Any Notice If Fans Mentioned...?

The summer transfer window is well underway (really??). The club has as of today's date brought in two players and shipped out three.

Archived Vital QPR Articles

Vital QPR articles from

Site Journalists

Hoops
Editor email
Profile
Boxer
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How optimistic are you feeling about next season?
Suggested By: Hoops
Win the Championship3%
Finish in a play-off position17%
Reach a cup competition final0%
We'll win nothing80%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Uncredibale Hulk31
2.Hoops21
3.dustman10
4.Badbackjohn4
5.southernhoop1
6.sandydl1
7.qprharrod1
8.QPR4Me1
9.jezza991
10.jdqpr18821
Vital Football Comment