Monk Must Make Changes After Norwich Display


No shots on target tells its own story.

NORWSaturday’s defeat against a struggling Norwich City was not only damaging in terms of points and league positions lost, or even because of the nature of the opposition.

The manner of the loss, and the performance that went with it, was deeply alarming.

Not for the first time in recent weeks the Swans were uninspired, lacking threat and creativity and yet again, conceded from a set piece when the defending was at best, questionable.

As a result, any optimism lingering from the opening 45 minutes against Arsenal, where the Swans dominated despite going on to concede three times in the second half, has been swiftly wiped away.

For the third consecutive Premier League fixture yesterday, manager Garry Monk elected to field the same starting XI.

The notion of continuity and keeping faith in players is admirable, but being ignorant to change is not.

This is undoubtedly Monk’s toughest spell thus far during his time in charge of Swansea, and current form does not undo the superb work he has done at the helm beforehand.

But it is time to take some of his underperforming players out of the firing line. The starting XI that takes to the field against Bournemouth on November 21st but differ from the one that started against Aston Villa, Arsenal, and the Canaries.

Bafetimbi Gomis is a player desperately short of form and confidence. Back up striker Eder is yet to convince he will be an adequate replacement, but it is time to give him the chance to do so.

This summer Leon Britton’s Swansea career appeared all but over. Now the calls for him to return as a regular starter are growing.

Britton may be ageing, but the energy, work rate and composure his presence inevitably brings is what Monk’s side desperately need right now.

Along with Jack Cork, Britton must be a major contender to start against Bournemouth, given the recent contributions of the Ki Sung-Yeung and Jonjo Shelvey, both of whom have failed to hit the heights of early season games.

Rumours suggest that left back Franck Tabanou has been disruptive behind the scenes at the Liberty, which possibly explains his failure to begin a Premiership game. But if differences can be settled then Tabanou, who arrived at South Wales with real credentials, must also be considered in place of Neil Taylor.

Of course, a now fully fit Wayne Routledge, a player who has always guaranteed consistency in his Swansea career, is another surely in contention.

There is of course, no suggestion Monk should be panicked into sweeping changes.

But alterations are needed, or the Swans will continue to struggle to get out of the rut they undoubtedly find themselves in.