High-flying Swansea City are riding the top-flight train in impressive fashion at the moment, with the Jacks sitting just below Chelsea in 2nd after three games of this Premier League campaign.
Whether the Welsh club can continue their fine form after the two week international break is something that is yet to be seen. Time off for international duty often proves to either make or break players’ and clubs’ seasons.
A good percentage of the Swans’ squad have been called up for international duty with Wales in their first two World Cup qualifiers this month. Ashley Williams is the biggest name to be taken away from the Liberty Stadium outfit to play for his country. The defender is unlikely to feature against Aston Villa later this month as he would have played two competitive and one friendly match for his country in the short period of a few days.
Neil Taylor will be missing from Swansea’s line-up for a different reason, he suffered an ankle injury against Sunderland last week and has been ruled out for the rest of the season. This news comes at a particularly bad times for the Swans, who are still attempting to fuse their squad together following a large influx of new players in this summer’s transfer window.
Chico is also set to miss the next three games after receiving a sending off in the Premier League outfit’s last top-flight outing.
These gaps in the side will put increasing pressure on new signing Michu, as well as Swans veteran Nathan Dyer up front. The latter is surely capable of resisting such pressure following countless campaigns in the English pyramid. Things might prove a little more difficult for Spanish duo Michu and Chico however, especially when the season enters December, a month which doesn’t see much football in Spain due to a winter break.
The next few weeks could prove to be a make or break period for Michael Laudrup’s side, his squad’s experience and resistance to fatigue will be tested time and time again against increasingly difficult opposition.
After a dream start to Swansea’s second season back in England’s top -flight, crunch-time is very likely to follow the international break, with difficult clashes against the likes of Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea still to come in the coming weeks and months.
Swansea may have had a great start, but sitting back and enjoying the ride would be a careless mistake to make this early into their season.
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