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Should Swansea City start worrying about their Premier League status?

Monday 30th October 2017
Swansea City suffered a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. It was their fourth defeat from last five games.

Such form has seen them hurtling down the table, and the reality is that they may be in for another relegation battle this season.

After such hope following a strong end to the previous campaign, Swansea City look to be in real trouble and fans may well be fearing the worst if they can't arrest the slide.

Swansea City form has been appalling

Only two clubs in the Premier League have picked up fewer points than Paul Clement's Swansea City side this season (Crystal Palace with 4, Bournemouth with 7), with only seven goals scored only two clubs have scored fewer (Palace 4 and Bournemouth 6) and only two clubs have lost more games (again Palace L8 and Bournemouth L7. There isn't much going right with the Jacks in 2017/18, and their formbook tells its own story with only one win (2-0 win against Huddersfield) in the Premier League since their August win over Crystal Palace.
Last five league games

23/9/17 - Swansea City 1-2 Watford

30/9/17 - West Ham United 1-0 Swansea City

14/10/17 - Swansea City 2-0 Huddersfield Town

21/10/17  - Swansea City 1-2 Leicester City

28/10/17 - Arsenal 2-1 Swansea City

Swansea finished 15th in the Premier League last season with 41 points from 38 games, having won four out of their last five games to stave off relegation. They had the second-worst defence and had lost the second-most amount of games, so perhaps people expected too much too soon of the side just months later. And matters weren't helped by their movements in the summer transfer market.

Swans sold a lot of attacking talent and failed to replace

Swansea City gave themselves a mountain to climb after losing so many attacking players in the same summer, and it could risk costing them their Premier League status.

City sold chief playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton for a club record £45m, losing their best creative influence in the process. They also sold Fernando Llorente to Tottenham for £14m, one of the best target men in Europe. Jack Cork moved to Burnley and Bafetimbi Gomis joined Galatasaray, scoring nine goals in nine Super Lig games for his new club this season.
They brought back Wilfried Bony, who is currently sidelined with an injury and yet to score on his return to the Liberty Stadium, as well as Renato Sanches who has struggled for form and is also currently injured. Roque Mesa, signed for over £11m, has 132 minutes of playing time and barely makes the matchday squad. Tammy Abraham, signed on loan from Chelsea, has been the only acquisition proving his worth currently.

Swansea are far too easy to play against

Swansea is a side whose football is easy on the eye, they take care not to concede cheap possession and are patient in their build-up play. But such a style has led to a lack of chances being created – 7.6-per-game, which is the lowest in the Premier League this season – while conceding twice as many at the other end (15.6 shots faced-per-game). Only two clubs face more chances against them on a regular basis.

Tammy Abraham is the only player in the Swansea side with more than one goal this season, and it's easy to see why others aren't contributing given how few opportunities they conjure up in games. It's also worth noting Swansea City have made the second-fewest successful dribbles in the league this season too, an area the likes of Jefferson Montero (loaned out to Getafe) and Modou Barrow (sold to Reading for £1.5m) contributed in.

There are five more weeks until the January transfer window opens, giving Swansea City a chance to strengthen the squad. If they shop poorly, however, they could be in grave danger of the drop.
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.

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