Swansea

Ti­tle odds 2016-17 1,000-1

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Star man Gylfi Sig­urds­son

The for­mer Tot­ten­ham mid­fielder has re­dis­cov­ered his mojo on mov­ing back to the Lib­erty Sta­dium, and has been the stand-out player this term. His 11 goals pre­vented his side from slid­ing deeper into rel­e­ga­tion trou­ble.

What went right

Well, they avoided rel­e­ga­tion, which must count as the most sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment of the sea­son the year be­fore a lu­cra­tive TV con­tract kicks in. Ash­ley Wil­liams was im­pres­sive once again, and Lukasz Fabi­an­ski did well in goal.

What went wrong?

This was the year Swansea – pre­vi­ously a model club for Premier League mid­dleweights – flirted with be­com­ing a sham­bles. The sack­ing of club leg­end Garry Monk was harsh, and the pro­tracted ap­point­ment of Francesco Guidolin pro­duced mixed re­sults.

Lame duck Bafé­timbi Gomis

A for­mi­da­ble tal­ent at his best, Gomis ap­peared to lose his ap­petite for the bat­tle this sea­son, scor­ing just five goals and start­ing just half of Swansea’s Premier League games. He is likely to move on this sum­mer.

What’s the ver­dict on Francesco Guidolin?

Guidolin only signed a con­tract un­til the end of June when he suc­ceeded Monk in Jan­uary and there were no in­di­ca­tions it would be ex­tended un­til Swansea gave him a new twoyear deal last week. Most fans are re­serv­ing judg­ment.

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