After a fantastic season last year, Swansea City must now face up to the harsh realities of trying to balance their league aspirations with the added pressure of the Europa League.
We saw, from last season, that teams struggled to balance the two competitions with the extra games the Europa League incurs. A clear example from last year would be Newcastle, who in the 2011/12 season finished in fifth position and last season were battling against relegation.
To be able to progress in both competitions they must improve their squad and be prepared, more than a feel Newcastle was last season, for Swansea’s season including their maiden voyage into the European competitions to be a success and not a failure.
Their recruitment for next season is off to a steady pace with the arrivals of Jose Canas on a free, Jordi Amat for £2.5m and the resigning of Jonathan De Guzman on loan for another season.
Swansea must further look to add quality to their side, perhaps bringing in experienced European stars to the club.
Overall I do feel that Swansea are prepared for the challenges that lie ahead of them next year and realise what needs to be done to ensure they build on their success last season.
They have started to recruit and realise that they still to bring in more players to have a squad of the right size and of enough quality to compete both on a domestic and European level. I don’t necessarily think their league position of last season, which was an eighth placed finish, will be improved upon but equally I don’t expect them to be battling relegation.
I feel next year Swansea may go through the group stages of the Europa league and finish in a mid-table position. I feel this would be a success next season and I hope that they manage to achieve it, mainly due to the way the club is run and the style of football which they play.
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