Swansea City is on pace to allow approximately 83 goals this season. Eighty-three. That’s 6 goals less than the Premier League record for futility, set by Derby County less than a decade ago.
Bob Bradley, understandably, is frustrated.
To put it frankly, the January transfer window can not get here fast enough. While little progress has been made since the American manager was hired, Swansea has a substandard set of players at the Liberty Stadium.
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Swans were 1W-1D-5L under Francesco Guidolin, good for .57 points per game. They allowed 12 goals and scored six.
Bradley is 2W-2D-5L, with Swans conceding 25 and scoring 14. Scoring is up, points are up, and so are goals conceded.
Seven teams have scored fewer than Swansea City, yet the Welsh side is in the drop zone. Bradley is forced to try and outscore teams because seemingly playing six at the back still wouldn’t do the job.
“Same story. A number of games we’ve started in a positive way then give away a goal. We go down one-zero. The goal goes in in a strange way. We then give the PK. We put ourselves in the hole. It’s been a case of road matches, but now we have two games at home.
“We’re disappointed right now. We came in with a good idea. We turn our attention to the home matches over the Christmas period.”
The answer is simple, though managers have to be careful how they phrase things: Swansea let their best player walk this August, and did a poor job in choosing his replacement (Mike Van der Hoorn and Alfie Mawson, summer buys, can barely find time in the lineup).
Ashley Williams was far and away Swansea City’s best defender in 2015-16. Actually, in a season in which Swansea shipped in 52 goals, you could argue the big Welshman was their best player overall.
Since Swans allowed him to leave for Everton, a move that has helped the Toffees improve its from 1.44 goals per game allowed to 1.25, it’s no surprise that the Welsh side is even worse. Check the following graphic of Swans players 2015-16 performance score from advanced stats site Squawka.