Jan 9, 2013
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Now at the beginning of the 2013/2014 season, previously-unknown Tom Jones takes his Swansea City side to build on their promising 2012/2013 campaign. Here is a recap of how it went:


Sky Sports predicted Swansea to finish 19th in the Premier League at the start of the season, especially having made the bizarre decision to sack Michael Laudrup after just 4 weeks in chance due to a disagreement. Desperately looking for a new manager, Huw Jenkins made the shock decision to appoint a manager with no previous playing experience. This gamble proved to be a calculated one as he guided the team to midtable safety.

Jones' transfers were promising for the Swans fans, signing Matias Suarez from Anderlecht for a club record of £10.5 million. He also signed Nick Powell on loan from Manchester United and made a deadline signing to bring Jermaine Jenas from Tottenham into the team on loan. He allowed Alan Tate and Luke Moore to leave the club permanently to Nottingham Forest and Bolton respectively. In mid-season, he signed Miralem Sulejmani from Ajax, Guillarme Hoarau from PSG and Vierinha on loan from Wolfsburg.

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Jones' first competitive game in charge saw him gain an impressive draw away to Everton, with Fellani cancelling out Michu's stunning goal 2 minutes into the second half. He got his first win as manager in his third game, with new signing Suarez coming off the bench to score two goals in the last 10 minutes to beat West Brom 2-1. Jones secured the biggest win of his career in the middle of October, stunning Manchester City at the Ethiad thanks to a goal from Suarez in the first 40 seconds. This was the start of a five match winning streak, which included a 7-4 epic where Swansea progressed in the Capital One Cup from 3-0 down against Sheffield Wednesday, and a 1-0 home win against Chelsea. This run was ended with a 1-0 loss to Arsenal. Jones managed to reach the semi finals of the Capital One Cup, losing 3-2 on aggregate to Newcastle, but lost 1-0 in the FA Cup third round to Tranmere. Jones went through a mid season bad spell where his team lost 6-1 and 6-3 to Chelsea and Man City respectively. This run was ended at the end of the season though, where Swansea came back from two goals down to draw against both Liverpool and Manchester United, the latter including a stunning hat-trick from Hoarau. Swansea finished at 11th position, much to the delight of the fans.

Hoarau, Hernandez and Michu finished as top scorers on 10 goals each, while record signing Suarez disappointed with just 9 goals. Pablo Hernandez finished with 9 assists, more than any other Swansea players. After a good season, Swansea will be hoping for even better this time.

Media Prediction: 10th
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Swansea announce Evans signing

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Swansea have announced today the £4.7 million signing of Jonny Evans from Manchester United today. The Northern Ireland international made just 13 appearances for United last season, scoring one goal.

Jonny Evans spoke to the press today: "I'm thrilled to be signing for this club, and I hope I can help Swansea reach bigger things in the future. Obviously I'm sad to leave United but I feel this is an important step in my career."

Tom Jones was quick to praise the player: "We hope he be a decisive player in our challenge for the top half this season, and we are thrilled to sign a player of his calibre"

But what will this move mean for Swansea's other CB's? Chico and Ashley Williams had great seasons last year, so how easy will it be to keep all the defenders happy? Only time will tell.
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Marin joins on loan as Graham leaves

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Out-of-favor Marko Marin made a shock move to join the Liberty Stadium on yesterday, joining on a season-long loan deal. The promising German winger managed just four appearances for Chelsea. Jones is said to be thrilled with the transfer: "This is a massive coup for the club, and we hope to make him feel welcome here to perhaps persuade him to play football permanently here"

Danny Graham moved to West Brom on a £2.8 million deal, after being frozen out of the first team when Hoarau and Suarez joined. Graham is said to be delighted, while Jones has wished him all the best for the future.
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More transfer business ahead of Spurs game

Swansea have made some more signings ahead of their first game of the season, signing Jermaine Jenas on a permanent deal and getting Brazilian midfielder Denilson on loan from Arsenal. These signings are thought to be replacing De Guzman and Vierinha who both left the club after their loan moves ended. Colombian international David Ospina also joined the Swans on a free transfer, putting Michael Vorm's future in doubt.

Nathan Dyer has left the club, signing for newly-promoted Wolves in a £4.1 million deal. The winger was reportedly unhappy with the addition of Marko Marin to the team, and was quoted as telling team mates that he didn't want to be a bench player. Jones was said to be sad that Dyer decided to leave the club, saying he thought he still had something to offer.
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Swansea City: August Review

Swansea 1 - 1 Tottenham
Michu (37) - Adebayor (67)

The points were shared between the two teams, with Adebayor salvaging the point for Tottenham. A close match seemed to be going to way of the Welsh side, following Michu's long range strike that beat Hugo Lloris. Tottenham fought themselves back into it, and Defoe nearly claimed the winner in the 80th minute. Matias Suarez also came close to a dramatic winner, his header glancing wide of the post in the 90th minute.

Chelsea 4 - 1 Swansea
Lewandowski (21, 51), Hazard (38), Denilson OG (45+1) - Suarez (76)

A poor performance from Swansea saw them concede 3 in a dreadful first half display. An improved Swansea came out firing in the second half, but still only managed one goal. A dreadful performance from Denilson epitomized the Swans on this occassion.

Sheffield Wednesday 2 - 0 Swansea
Alex Nimely (26, 28)

A weakened Swansea side looked awful against the Championship side in the Capital One Cup second round. Players like Vorm, Chico and Britton failed to win back their places, and not even the half time introduction of Michu and Hoarau could produce a win.

Swansea 2 - 1 Sunderland
Michu (49), Pablo Hernandez (53) - Vaughan (35)

Swansea claimed their first win of the season in unconvincing fashion, going behind to a David Vaughan header. Swansea's top scorer last season got the Swans on level terms, and a mazy run from Pablo Hernandez proved to be the winner. New signing Sonny Kittell made his debut coming off the bench, and the 18 year old looked impressive, coming close to scoring on two occasions.

League Position

Player of the Month
Michu - looked impressive against Tottenham and Sunderland, scoring in both matches. He also assisted Suarez's goal against Chelsea.

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Cleverley in shock deadline day switch

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Manchester United have announced that English midfielder Tom Cleverley will be joining Swansea City on loan for the remainder of the season. The youngster had found himself frozen out at Old Trafford, and will hope to reclaim his England spot at the Liberty. This loan deal saw Denilson return to his old club Arsenal, where he immediately transferred back to Brazil. Cleverley is said to be excited about the deal, and is looking forward to playing alongside Pablo Hernandez and former teammate Jonny Evans.
Good start mate and some decent signings there. Be sure to take a look at my FC Porto career and let me know what you think
It is impossible to get 2 players on loan from the same team, In the same division.... Cheat!
Have you even read this properly? Firstly Evans is a full transfer, whereas Cleverley is on loan. Secondly I ended Denilson's loan prematurely to allow Cleverley to join.
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Swansea City: September review

West Brom 1 -1 Swansea
Viatri (20) - Hoarau (89)

Danny Graham almost came back to haunt his old club, but he missed his 29th minute penalty. His game was ended prematurely after a hamstring injury in the 44th minute. Hoarau cancelled out Viatri's winner, coming on as a sub to convert Pablo Hernandez's cross.

Reading 1 - 1 Swansea
Hunt (7) - Jenas (39)

Jenas's first goal since returning to the Swans on a permanent basis was named goal of the month, scoring a fabulous effort from the outside of the box after some nice link up play with Marko Marin. Noel Hunt had given Reading the lead, but the 1-1 scoreline doesn't do Swansea justice given how well they played.

Swansea 3 - 1 Fulham
Hoarau (19), Pablo Hernandez (27), Jenas (76) - Hangeland (45+2)

Swansea's second win of the season was a resounding one, with Michu in stunning form, producing three assists. Swansea were made to sweat after Hangeland's goal on the brink of half time, but Jenas made sure of the result with his second goal of the season.

League Postion:

Player of the Month:
Jermaine Jenas - scored two goals and got himself an assist. His impressive performances with Cleverley earns his September's Swansea Player of the Month award.
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Swansea City: October Review

Swansea 1 - 2 Manchester City
Hoarau (24) - Dzeko (45), Nasri (89)

It was heartbreak for Swansea City, as Man City scored a late winner to secure a win after being behind early on. The Swans were excellent early on, but it was perhaps their failure to keep attacking that cost them the game.

Liverpool 0 - 1 Swansea
Hoarau (43)

Swansea's first clean sheet of the season came in a shock win over the league leaders at Anfield. While Jones will be delighted with his biggest win of the season, it will be bittersweet for the former Liverpool season ticket holder. Hoarau's third goal of the season gave them the lead, and Luis Suarez's late goal was controversially disallowed.

League Postion

Player of the month
Guillarme Hoarau - The Frenchman scored his sides only two goals of the month, and put himself in contention for a recall to the France team.