Following the dreaded international break, Premier League football returns this weekend with a trip to Swansea City as we look to build on our much needed 3-0 win over West Ham two weeks ago.
With Sigurdsson set to leave and few signings in the bag, Swansea were, for me, a team who looked set for a tough old season in the Premier League a few weeks ago, but some impressive late moves in the transfer window have really added to their armoury.
With this in mind, here’s the three players we will have to watch out for on Sunday:
The man we all thought was heading to St. James’ Park on loan at one point this summer and a player who’s impressed me whenever i’ve caught a glimpse of Swansea so far. He a fox in the box and despite being just 19, looks a player full of confidence in his own ability. Chelsea fans rate him highly and it’s easy to see why. He scored in his last Premier League outing in Swansea’s opening win against Crystal Palace and bagged a goal and an assist on international duty with England U-21’s this week.
Given he so nearly signed on Tyneside this summer, it’d be just our luck that he instead scores against us. He’ll be one we’ll need to keep a close watch on.
The Portuguese sensation joined Bayern Munich for £35m last summer, and his loan move to Swansea looks not only to be a masterstroke from Paul Clement but one of the shock deals of the summer. Despite being just 20 years old, Sanches is an explosive midfielder with power, pace – a pocket rocket given he stands just 5ft 9′ tall.
He’ll most likely be handed his Premier League debut on Sunday and all eyes will be on him. Isaac Hayden and Mikel Merino may have a job on their hands to contain him.
The Ivorian striker made his return to Swansea on deadline day, sealing a £12m move to the club where he enjoyed his best form in England. He’s struggled during spells at Man City and Stoke, but with 35 goals in his previous 2 seasons at the club, he certainly knows where the net is at the Liberty Stadium.
There’ll be a feel good factor around the stadium on Sunday, with fans likely to be chanting the strikers name after securing his return to the club, and our back line will have to stand up to the physical test that Bony will almost certainly pose.