A PERFECT DAY!
Swans’ first Prem win and Bluebirds maintain 100% start...
PAUL Clement says he remains confident he will land the new men he needs before time runs out on Swansea City’s transfer business. Clement watched his men win 2-0 at Crystal Palace yesterday thanks to goals from Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew to earn their first Premier League win of the campaign.
And to complete a red-letter day for Wales’ big two, Cardiff City came from behind to win 2-1 against visiting QPR, maintaining their perfect start to the Championship season with a fifth straight success.
Goals from Junior Hoilett and Sol Bamba saw Neil Warnock’s men go clear at the top of the table as Ipswich Town lost their 100% record against Fulham.
Swans boss Clement is staying tight-lipped on all names linked to arriving in South Wales between now and Thursday’s final day of the summer window.
But he has admitted that he wants two new faces in his squad come September 1, while he will seek to hold off any late interest from Chelsea in Fernando Llorente.
Llorente has been linked with the champions all summer, though Clement has shown little concerns of losing the frontman, who missed the 2-0 win over Palace as he continues recovery from an arm fracture sustained on holiday.
Instead, Clement admits he is awaiting developments on deals that will see extra attacking options handed to the former Real Madrid No.2.
“I had my phone on right before kick-off against Palace,” he said.
“And once it goes back on I’m hoping we’re going to get some positive news in the next days about bringing in one or two quality players who are going to add to this group.”
Clement has been keen to use the money from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s record £45m departure, spending £15m of it on Sam Clucas who impressed on his debut.
But Stoke and West Brom may have priced Swansea out of moves for Joe Allen and Nacer Chadli, unless the final days bring a drop in valuation.
A deal remains in place to bring Wilfried Bony back to the club, though Swansea are likely to bide their time over the Ivorian who is known to be unwanted by Man City.
Meanwhile, Warnock believes Cardiff can mount a serious challenge for at least a promotion play-off place if they can get through what could be a gruelling September and October programme.
They will go into the international break sitting pretty but the vastly experienced Warnock knows that tougher times are ahead.
“Our supporters will be dreaming of things like that (promotion),” ad- mitted Warnock.
“Usually with the teams I’ve been with in the last few years I’ve been saying that we still need another 35 points to be safe, I’m a little bit more optimistic than that.
“If we can be around the top four at the end of October I’ll be absolutely delighted and I think we’ll have a chance of the play-offs then for definite.
“I don’t kid myself, everyone else can.
“We are playing well but I know how easy it is in this league and you can lose three or four on the trot.
“At the moment you wouldn’t want to play us.”
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Junior Hoilett put Cardiff on course for a fifth straight Championship as they beat QPR
Tammy Abraham celebrates after opening the scoring for Swansea at Crystal Palace