Former Swansea City and Wales winger Leighton James has spoken out about the expectation levels at the Liberty Stadium this year and has revealed that every year the Swans spend in the top flight is a “triumph”.
Swansea have had an indifferent start to their Premier League campaign. After starting brilliantly – which included a draw at Chelsea and a win over Manchester United – their season has hit the buffers somewhat as they’re without a win in four league games since beating United.
James has sent a staunch reminder to the Swans faithful that they must be careful what they wish for. He used Bolton Wanderers’ recent plight as an example of what can happen to the so called ‘established’ Premier League clubs if they’re not careful. Speaking on his column for the South Wales Evening Post, the former Wales international said;
“At times like this, I would urge Swansea City fans to take a look at Bolton Wanderers. They were in the Premier League for a decade, yet now they are in the Championship relegation zone.
“So don’t tell me Swansea are an established Premier League club. Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are established Premier League clubs. For Swansea, every extra year at this level is a triumph.”
Plenty was said in the summer whether Garry Monk’s side have what it takes to replicate their memorable record-breaking season. However, James admitted the Swans “punched miles above their weight last year”. He added;
“I said at the start of this season that matching last year’s achievements would be a magnificent effort. I haven’t changed my mind. Eighth place in a division this competitive was superb — Swansea punched miles above their weight last year. If they do not reach quite the same level this season, it will not be a tragedy.”
Swansea take a break from Premier League action this weekend as international football takes centre stage. After the break, the Swans will be looking to build on their draw with Tottenham Hotspur as they entertain Stoke City.