2014/15 Premier League Season Review: Swansea City

Premier League Final Position: 8th

Review

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.

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Best Moment

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.

Worst Moment

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.

Player of the Year

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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.

Biggest Win

Swansea City 3-0 West Bromwich Albion (August 30, 2014)

Biggest Defeat

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.

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Swansea City target claims he is ready for Premier League move

FC Twente striker Luc Castaignos has stated his intentions to leave the club this summer, with cash-strapped Twente ready to let their star leave on the cheap.

The former Inter Milan striker was subject to a £6.5 million bid last summer from Swansea but the club eventually pulled out, according to the Mirror.

Castaignos has managed ten goals this season in 29 appearances for Twente and is reported to be a target for Swansea once again.

After losing Wilfried Bony in January to Manchester City, the Swans are short up front and Castaignos could fill the void left by the Ivorian and to offer backup to French striker Bafetimbi Gomis.

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Speaking to the Dutch media, Castaignos stated: “I want to go abroad, preferably to a nice top performer in England or Germany so I can get used to the competition.

“I know enough about myself to know I am not ready for the real top yet.”

With Twente ready to sell it may be possible for Swansea to get their man on the cheap, with a transfer fee potentially falling under the £6.5 million fee that was accepted last year.

Is Luc Castaignos the man to replace Wilfried Bony at Swansea City?

Stats: Swansea better than Manchester City since they sold Wilfried Bony

Swansea City have accumulated more points in the Premier League than reigning champions Manchester City since they sold them star striker Wilfried Bony.

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.

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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.

Swansea stats before and after Bony

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.

Should Wilfried Bony have left Swansea City?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Newcastle

Manchester City vs. Newcastle: Premier League

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Saturday, February 21st – 17:30PM (12:30PM ET)

Match Odds: Manchester City 2/7 – Draw 9/2 – Newcastle 9/1

Newcastle United travel to Manchester City on Saturday evening as major underdogs as they look to end a worrying streak of 16 straight Premier League games without a win against the reigning champions.

City ended a poor streak of their own last time out as they beat Stoke 4-1 to end a winless run of four in the league and need to continue winning matches if they are to have any chance of catching Chelsea at the top of the table.

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Manuel Pellegrini is boosted by the return of Yaya Toure to the side as well as new signing Wilfried Bony after the pair won the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast earlier this month.

Bony is in line to make his City debut as Sergio Aguero is facing a battle to be fit in time after he picked up a back injury in the win at Stoke two weeks ago.

Manchester City’s home record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 7 – Drawn 3 – Lost 2

Newcastle are unbeaten in three in the league now but travel to City with a long list of injuries. Cheick Tiote could be out of action until April and joins Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons, Steven Taylor, Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Jonas Gutierrez and Ryan Taylor on the sidelines.

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John Carver has Newcastle playing some better football but it will take a lot for them leave Manchester with at least a point this weekend.

The Magpies will look to their most recent meeting with City for confidence though as they beat them 2-0 at the Etihad back in October in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

Newcastle United’s away record in the Premier League: Played 13 – Won 3 – Drawn 4 – Lost 6

It’s a very different story in the league though as Newcastle have been beaten in the last ten meetings between the two sides and haven’t won a league game at Manchester City in 15 years.

Manchester City’s last five in the Premier League: D/L/D/D/W

Newcastle’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/W/D/D

Key Stat: Manchester City have won their last nine games in all competitions when Yaya Toure has started the game.

Key Player: Moussa Sissoko – The Newcastle midfielder will need to try and keep Toure quiet and Sissoko can be a real threat himself, as he proved by scoring at the Etihad in October’s cup win.

Score Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle – City need this more and will be too strong for the Magpies.