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Swansea had a good transfer window. Paul Clement was held in high regard.
As the season began, everything was baked in optimism at the Liberty Stadium. Optimism that has seldom been seen in south Wales in the last two seasons.
Six matches into the league campaign and that optimism has eked away. A solitary victory – against the limping Crystal Palace – keeps them out of the bottom three, but three home defeats and only three goals scored make for awkward reading.
The most harmful was last weekend.
After a resolute draw away at Tottenham, a home match with Watford was an opening to kick-start their season. Marco Silva’s men came out victorious, however, thanks to a late winner. It was a boot right to the teeth for the Swans, and heaps pressure on their following matches.
With a day out at the equally struggling West Ham this weekend, Clement’s side are in need of a point. The Irons have been dysfunctional this season – as they were for much of last – and have leaked goals.
Clement – who took the blame for defeat last week – must get the right balance in attack to take full advantage of an uncertain Hammers defence.
Ongoing quest for a home win
After this weekend, Swansea continue their quest for a Liberty Stadium win.
Leicester and Huddersfield head to Wales, for two matches Clement’s side must be winning.
A mid-table berth was a realistic hope in August, but they will quickly be embroiled in another tough season of bottom three avoidance if they fail to pick up at least four points from back-to-back home matches.
Signings must step up
Renato Sanches is still playing through rust built up at Bayern, Wilfried Bony is far from match fitness and other signings are bedding in.
What looked a near-perfect summer could fade into irrelevance for Clement if the next three matches do not represent a significant upturn in results.
Tammy Abraham has provided the majority of the goal threat thus far, now the Chelsea loanee might have to deliver a few more times in this favourable run.
Written by Sam Cox
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