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Premier League Transfer Analysis: Swansea City

In: Michel Vorm, Danny Graham, Wayne Routledge, Leroy Lita, Jose Moreira, Gerhard Tremmel and Federico Bessone.
Out: Dorus de Vries, Darren Pratley, Cedric van der Gun, Albert Serran, Gorka Pintado and Yves Makabu Ma-Kalambay.
Analysis: three goalkeepers in one summer for Swansea, following the sales of two. Michel Vorm has looked to be a fantastic signing in the three games he has played. The old cliché of “a good goalkeeper can earn you ten extra points” may well prove to be true at this instance, but where will the other thirty or so needed for survival come from? Scott Sinclair is very good, Nathan Dyer is not half bad, but their other key player, Darren Pratley, has left for Bolton. A huge loss for the Swans, and one that could spell massive problems. He was instrumental to their promotion last year, and he has not been sufficiently replaced. The squad, coming into the summer, was not ready for the challenges it was going to face in the year ahead. Improvements were made between the sticks, but the rest of the signings do not really cut the mustard. Federico Bessone has been a perennial second division player throughout his career; Leroy Lita has shown himself to be a flattrack bully in the Championship, but unable to prove himself at the highest level. Wayne Routledge has not shown any of the potential he showed while at Crystal Palace at any of his clubs, apart from (arguably) his stint in the Championship, with Newcastle. Championship players generally don’t survive in the Premier League, and Swansea have a squad (almost) full of them. Brendan Rodgers is a very talented manager, but without the components for survival, what can he do? Swansea will struggle, and a return to the Championship is on the horizon.