It’s been an underwhelming start to the season for Paul Clement and Swansea who occupied the final relegation spot going into the international break at the beginning of October. The Swans have looked fairly well-organised but a lack of punch in the final third has been their undoing so far. Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham is off the mark and also netted for England Under 21s on October 5. He could be the man to help maintain their top-flight status this season.
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) October 8, 2017
Paul Clement’s side avoided relegation to the Championship last season and fans were confident of a decent start under the former Real Madrid assistant coach but it hasn’t gone to plan so far in South Wales. They eased past rock-bottom Crystal Palace and held Spurs to a goalless draw at Wembley but they have been rare bright spots. Prior to the international break, they had netted just once in their last four Premier League matches and failed to hit the back of the net in five of their first seven games. It’s blindingly obvious where the problem lies.
A large number of goals were removed from the team in the summer, with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente departing the Liberty Stadium during the transfer window. The Icelandic midfielder embarked on one of his least prolific spells last season, with just nine goals in 38 appearances, but claimed numerous assists provided quality on a regular basis. Meanwhile, Llorente netted 15 times in 33 appearances last season, including four in his final five games for the Swans.
Paul Clement expects his attackers to do better after #Swans suffer a late defeat at West Ham
— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) September 30, 2017
Clement’s post-match comments following their last-gasp defeat to West Ham illustrated his frustrations bemoaning his side’s lack of killer instinct. The former Derby boss admitted his strikers “need to do better” if they are to start climbing the table.
The club’s summer transfer business looked decent enough, with Renato Sanchez arriving on loan from Bayern Munich whilst former fan favourite Wilfried Bony returned from Manchester City, but he is yet to get off the mark during his second spell at the club. Bony possesses the power and instinct to trouble defences but following a frustrating spell at the Etihad, the Ivorian needs time to rediscover his goalscoring touch.
Tammy Abraham appears to be the clubs best route to goal this season and the Chelsea loanee has netted twice in the Premier League with goals against Crystal Palace and Watford. He’s also scored against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup and recently fired England Under 21s to victory against Scotland. He’s destined for big things and showed his ability at Bristol City last season, striking 23 times in 41 appearances despite his side fighting against relegation for the majority of the campaign. The Robins have fared significantly better this time around with Lee Johnson’s men sitting in fourth position after 11 games and are priced at 5/1 in the Championship betting markets for promotion to the top flight and potentially replace Abraham’s current employers.
The striker needs the service to thrive and Swansea aren’t creating enough chances for the 20-year-old at the moment. He is a player who possesses a natural instinct for goalscoring and Paul Clement must find a way to unlock that talent during the course of the campaign. They have home games against both Brighton and Bournemouth in November and the Welsh side must win those types of games if they are to beat the drop once again. Abraham should be the man to help maintain their status.
Check out our latest Premier League Podcast below!