The 2014/15 campaign was one to remember for Swansea fans as Garry Monk led the side to a record points tally and best ever Premier League finish in his first full season in charge. The Swans lost Wilfried Bony in January and were tipped for failure by many but defied the odds by ending the season with 14 more points than the previous campaign. They were consistent throughout and have lots to be positive about heading into the new season.
The opening day victory at Old Trafford set the tone for a fine campaign and saw the Swans beat Manchester United in Louis Van Gaal’s first Premier League game. They managed to complete a fine double over the Red Devils, winning 2-1 in both games.
Losing 5-0 at home to Chelsea was a major disappointment for the Swans. The Blues were eventual champions but losing 5-0 on home soil is never acceptable and that was a result Swansea will not want to look back on when remembering the season.
Jonjo Shelvey – The midfielder ended the season with three goals and five assists. He pulls the strings from midfield and is an integral part of the squad in helping the defensive play transition into attacking promise.
Swansea City 3-0 West Bromwich Albion (August 30, 2014)
Swansea City 0-5 Chelsea (January 17, 2015)
What to improve for the 2015 season…
It was an excellent season but there is always room for improvement and Garry Monk will want to lead his side into a European place next season. Failing to win away at sides in and around them cost them this season and picking up wins in those games will help them to pick up even more points next time around.
Man City signed Bony in the January transfer window for a fee of around £25 million in the hope that the Ivorian would help fire them to another Premier League title but Manuel Pellegrini‘s side have only won four out of 11 games since his arrival (D2, L5).
Those four wins and two draws have earned City 14 points, while Swansea have won five, drawn two and lost four of their 11 games since Bony left giving them a total of 17 points in that time.
Bony has only appeared in five league games for Man City, scoring just once so far in a 3-0 win against West Brom and his old club Swansea have fared better than his new club.
The man who has taken over from Bony’s mantle at Swansea is Bafetimbi Gomis – the Frenchman has notched four goals in nine games since Bony left.
The stats show that Swansea have also had a better win percentage and points-per-game ratio since Bony headed to Manchester proving that their is definitely life in the Welsh side following his exit.
Garry Monk will certainly be delighted with how his team have coped since suffering the blow of losing such an integral part of their squad and Swansea equalled their best ever points tally in the Premier League with a 1-1 draw against Everton at the weekend.
The Swans are currently in eight position on 47 points and one more to that tally would see them officially mark their best ever season in the club’s history in terms of points accumulated – a remarkable effort for a team plying their trade in League Two just ten years ago.