Since their arrival in the Premier League last season, Swansea City have won several plaudits from big names in football – and Spanish football expert Guillem Balague is the latest person to publically praise the club.
Swansea are widely regarded as a bastion of stability and have demonstrated you don’t need an open chequebook to succeed in the Premier League.
Speaking to the official Swansea website, Balague said: “The biggest thing Swansea have done is ask themselves, ‘what kind of club are we?’ And then they make their decision,” he said.
“It applies to the manager they pick and they players they buy. Even when things go wrong they stick by it, and that’s the admirable thing.”
The Welsh club has an excellent chance of securing a top ten finish, having consolidated in the division last season under Brendan Rodgers.
New boss Michael Laudrup has continued the good work of his predecessor and oversaw the club’s Capital One Cup win against Bradford City in February.
That win ended the Swans’ century-long wait for a major trophy and means they will be playing European football next campaign.
And Balague concluded: “Swansea are a great example of how to run a football club. I would love to see them playing a Spanish team in the Europa League next season. That would be a great match to watch.”
Laudrup’s side has built their reputation as a neat-passing team with a more continental approach to attacking and retaining the ball – something Balague believes people are starting to acknowledge.
“Their reputation has really grown since they got into the Premier League, but winning the cup has made the big difference,” he said.
“You can see the tactical cleverness in what they do, and I think that will serve them well in Europe next season.”