I thought I had a glimpse of Good Swansea/Bad Swansea, especially in the second half of today’s match versus Burnley. The NBCSN announcers were gushing over Swansea play, especially in the first half. A bit of the bad broke out in the second half: Shelvey letting his passions overcome him a bit, Gomis looking invisible after subbing in for Bony, who looked just as good defending and in midfield as he did in the penalty area on one or two tries. A bit disappointed in Jefferson Montero, too. But a win is a win. Burnley had good moments, and Ings seems to be a capable forward. It seems that like the early match (Aston Villa vs Newcastle) a number of teams just have a hard time finishing in the Premier League.
In contrast, when I watch MLS, it seems that bonehead lapses doom some teams–the top players from overseas seem to capitalize big time on napping defenders stateside. Sleepytime in England (and South Wales) seem to be more catnaps.
That said, Burnley looked like they belonged on the same pitch as the Swans today. Shackell in particular was notable saving one goal off the line and defending capably when it looked like a mess for the visitors.
I think the Swans need Bony. The alternative is holding off the top teams and hoping for the best. Though it was a practice match in Minnesota, I wasn’t convinced the last time I saw Bafetimbi Gomis in a Swans jersey. If Bony gets transferred, I sure hope the French star wakes from sleep.