By Alex McMahon
Garry Monk has based Swansea’s success on an excellent defensive unit
Swansea City are currently eighth in the Premier League table and are experiencing their best year in the top flight since promotion in 2011.
Garry Monk’s side have been in good form throughout the year and have built their success on strong defensive displays and goals from Wilfried Bony in the opening half of the campaign.
With a few signings and a bit more luck, the Welsh outfit could challenge for one of the major cup competitions next season – following on from their success in the 2013 League Cup.
We take a look at five reasons why Swansea could earn silverware next year and discuss our thoughts on their chances.
Garry Monk is likely to take the cup tournaments seriously…
Swansea have underperformed in cup competitions in recent years, but they may decide to take next year’s tournaments more seriously this time around.
Monk’s side were well beaten by Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers earlier in the campaign, while they lost to Liverpool in the Capital One Cup.
Swansea are likely to try and progress further in the cups and, should they play their first team and get the luck of the draw, they will stand a chance of a Wembley return next year.
They have an excellent core unit
Monk’s side are strong, particularly in central areas and this provides them with the basis for a successful squad.
The likes of Ashley Williams, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jonjo Shelvey are all key members of the Swansea squad and are leaders both on and off the pitch.
If they can add some flair and youthful energy to the side, then their squad will have the making of a very good side.
They ‘should’ have money to spend in the summer
After the sale of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City for an estimated fee of £28 million, Swansea should have money to spend in the summer transfer window.
If they invest wisely, then they are likely to stand a decent chance of repeating their 2013 League Cup success.
A couple of squad players are required for their defence, while a few attacking minded players for the first team would certainly help their cause.
They have a capable defensive unit
Swansea’s success this season has been built on strong defensive displays, and they will probably base their style of play on keeping things tight at the back next year too.
Garry Monk’s side have conceded just 38 goals this year, with 14 of those coming in four matches against Chelsea and Liverpool.
If they can avoid conceding too many goals against the bigger sides, then they will improve their consistency and keep clean sheets in the important matches.
They have an experienced squad that have won at Wembley before
A number of the Swansea squad were also in the team who beat Bradford City 5-0 in the League Cup Final back in 2013, and their experience will come in handy if they want to go on another cup run next year.
The understanding of ‘big game’ situations will help the Welsh outfit in preparation for their important matches if they were to embark on a surge through the tournaments again.
Swansea definitely have the potential to reach the latter stages of the cup competitions next year and their experienced players will certainly help achieve a successful run.
Do you also believe that Swansea can win a trophy next season, or is that a stretch too far for Garry Monk’s side? Let us know your thoughts below!