Ahead of the Boxing Day game with Swansea City in South Wales, we spoke once more with Swans' fan Steven from the City fanzine Swansea Oh Swansea. He gives us his views on their season so far, their Premier League survival prospects, former boss Garry Monk, and more. You can find Steven on Twitter at @StevenSOS1987

How would you view the Swans' season so far? Have the club's struggles come as a surprise?

It's been very disappointing. Finishing 8th last season was a terrific achievement and one that I thought would be difficult to replicate but i didn't see a struggle like this on the horizon and no one else did either. Especially after we picked up eight points from the first four games. Since then it's been seven from thirteen which is dreadful. Things must improve as soon as possible or we will be cut adrift in the bottom three.

Looking back at Garry Monk's dismissal, was it the right decision and how did the majority of Swansea supporters feel about it?

Unfortunately I think it was. At first I thought we were just having a blip - going four or five games without a win will happen to nearly every side in this league throughout the season but when we lost at Norwich in early November I started to become more concerned as we dominated without ever looking like scoring and Monk made some baffling decisions. After that we were battered by Bournemouth and it was obvious then that Monk was really struggling. We then lost narrowly an Anfield before the worst performance yet at home to Leicester and by then we'd reached the point of no return. Not only were we struggling but we were getting worse. I think a few things have gone on behind the scenes and a lot of the squad weren't playing for him any more.

Who would you like to see replace Monk?

This is a difficult one, I was hoping for Brendan Rodgers but he quickly ruled himself out. Our biggest problem is we have moved away from the style of play that has been so successful for us over the last decade or so and in my opinion we must appoint someone who will re-implement it. Who that is though I'm not sure, plus it's very difficult to second guess our board of directors, they don't tend to go left field with their managers and it usually works so whoever they choose is fine with me. They need to do it soon though.

How confident of retaining your Premier League status are you?

I've said all along I think we'll get out of it because I believe there are at least three worse teams than us. However I'm starting to have my doubts and I see our clash as must win from a Swansea point of view. We are two points from safety now and travel to Crystal Palace and Manchester United after Boxing Day where we are unlikely to win. Fail to win any of these three and there will be a bit of a gap forming and it'd be one win in sixteen. Hate to say it but my confidence is waning, a lot depends on who comes in though of course. That is probably going to be the biggest factor in decising our fate.

What areas of the team would you like to see strengthened in January? Is it likely to happen?

Striker is the main one, eight goals in thirteen games tells its own story. We were too tight in the summer and it's backfired. There's an article in the local paper today that linked us with Salomon Rondon before you bought him actually. I'm not saying he's set the world alight but he's probably better than Bafetimbi Gomis who lives offside and Eder who is also not up to it. There is not much money available as far as I know so I wouldn't expect much activity but they have to get a good striker from somewhere.

Who's caught the eye for the Swans so far this season?

Tough one to answer, so many have been disappointing and not at the standard they should be. To be fair though Andre Ayew has made a good start to life at the Liberty with six goals so we need him to keep chipping in if we are to get out of this. Leon Britton has been excellent since he returned to the side. Other than that I don't think anyone deserves a mention, that is how bad it's been and why we are struggling.

Anyone been particularly disappointing?

Gomis is one. Started the season on fire but one goal in fourteen since and offside over thirty times. Ki Sung Yeung who was player of the year has been nothing like that this term and is lucky he hasn't been dropped. Jonjo Shelvey's England call up seems to have gone to his head and hasn't been the same since. Ashley Williams has been at fault for more goals recently than in living memory. I could single out a few more here but we'd be here all day!

Prediction for Swansea's season?

I suppose I'll say we'll just survive. If our players start performing and we can convert chances we should be fine. Talking about it is one thing and doing it is another though and we need to start doing it now. Starting with our clash on Boxing Day.

Prediction for Albion's season?

You're 13th now and I'd say you'll remain around there. No danger of getting sucked into the relegation battle in my opinion. It probably won't be pretty, it rarely is with Tony Pulis but he always makes his sides hard to beat and that will ensure that you won't struggle.

Premier League champs?

Tipped Chelsea at the start, understandably I'm no longer confident that will happen. It's got to be Manchester City hasn't it? I would love Leicester to do it but you'd expect them to tail off a bit even though they have a genuine chance of top four. I can never back Arsenal either, when push comes to shove they're bottlers so it's got to be City even though they are far from convincing. It will be a very low total this year I think, maybe mid 70's that wins it.


Said Leicester, Watford and Sunderland in August, two of those are spectacularly wrong too! I'll stick with Sunderland I think, there's only so many times you can pull clear at the end before you eventually go down. Aston Villa look doomed, it would be a huge effort to get out of it for them now. I'll say Norwich for the other side even though I'm tempted to say us purely because my other predictions have been so wrong!

Thoughts on and prediction for Saturday's game? How are the Swans likely to line up?

I would expect you to come for a point so the onus will be on us to break you down and West Ham had a similar tactic on Sunday and we did struggle and I think you will prove an equally tough nut to crack but I'll stick my neck out and say we'll nick a precious 1-0.. I would expect the same eleven which means a 4-4-2 diamond with Fabianski, Rangel, Williams, Fernandez, Taylor, Britton, Cork, Ki, Sigurdsson, Gomis, Ayew.

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