Ahead of Wednesday night's game with Swansea City at
the The Hawthorns, we caught up once more with Swans' fan Steven from City fanzine
Swansea Oh Swansea.
He gives us his views on the game, Swansea's season so far, the departure of
Wilfried Bony, and more. You can find Steven on
Twitter at @StevenSOS1987
Thoughts on Swansea's campaign
so far? Have you fared better or worse than you were expecting prior to the
I was expecting mid-table and
that's where we are really, we started the season really well with three wins
and that's meant that we've been in the top half all year so we have to be happy
City's results haven't been
great recently with just two wins from the last eight games. How have
A bit hit and miss
really. In our defence we lost Wilfried Bony and Ki Sung Yeung to international
duty although the former has of course moved on permanently. A few injuries and
suspensions have also caused problems. We were dreadful against Chelsea
and Blackburn in the cup but other than that it's been reasonable if not
Anything Swans' boss Garry Monk
needs to do better?
To be fair he's done an
excellent job so far. He's just celebrated a year in charge and we've collected
51 points in that time which over a season would be the most since being at this
level. He's made the odd mistake with team selection and subs but nothing to be
concerned about, he's learning all the time.
How much of a blow to the club
is the departure of Wilfried Bony?
Obviously a big one but it was
always going to happen. I just hoped he would stay until the summer but when you
get a big offer from a club in the Champions League there's not a lot you can
do. We'll manage though, we're used to losing players and getting by. No one is
bigger than thθ club.
Happy with the club's incoming
players during January?
Yes I think we've done decent
business. We were weak at full back and Kyle Naughton's arrival will improve us
in that department. Jack Cork is another solid addition at a bargain price as
his contract was running down. Nelson Oliviera is decent back up to Bafetimbi
Gomis too. Matt Grimes also arrived from
but he's more one for the future.
Highlight of the season so far?
Easy, winning at Old Trafford on
the opening day. Especially as a lot of so called experts said we'd be in a
Low point of the season so far?
For me it's Blackburn in the
cup. Made so much worse when you see who else fell that day. We had a chance of
Player of the season so far?
A few contenders but at the
moment it's a road up between Ki Sung Yeung and Gylfi Sigurdsson. The former has
been a revelation in the middle of the park while Sigurdsson is the assist
Anyone been particularly
Recently I'd say Nathan Dyer and
Wayne Routledge who need to buck their ideas up. Jonjo Shelvey is infuriatingly
Thoughts on the first game
between the clubs back in August?
One of our best displays of the
campaign (back when Dyer and Routledge were on song) but thought you were poor
and feared for you after that. Was a very comprehensive victory for us.
What tactics and line-up can we
expect to see from the Swans on Wednesday night?
I think seeing as a few players
are still missing we might sit deep like we did at Southampton and try and catch
you on the break. If Sigurdsson wasn't banned I'd expect us to have more of a
Prediction for Wednesday's game?
I'll go for 1-1, I'd be quite
happy with that seeing as we've always struggled away to a Tony Pulis side.