beat Arsenal at their own game on Sunday, their exhilarating performance finally has the rest of the league standing up and taking notice. Swansea
After their opening weekend thrashing at the hands of
, not many would have had the Swans in the top half of the league, just over half way through the season. Manchester City
The man who has worked beneath one of the best, in Jose Mourinho, refused point black to change his philosophy. Many before him have played great football
and most recently Hull City Blackpool, but both sides ultimately failed in their goal of survival and growth in the top flight.
What has impressed me most is their solid defensive unit, and to their credit, their record has been immense. To date nine clean sheets is nothing short of remarkable. The signing of the season for me if Michel Vorm, an outstanding acquisition from Dutch outfit
for only £1.5 million leaving a number of clubs wondering how they missed out on him. Utrecht
The captain, Ashley Williams looks like a player at ease at this level and the loan signing of Steven Caulker from Tottenham has proven to be yet another masterstroke from Rodgers and his backroom staff. Former Wrexham man Neil Taylor has emerged as one of brightest talents in Welsh football, in fact they did very well to hold of strong interest from
in the summer. Newcastle
Joe Allen has been at the heart of all that is good from the Swans going forward. Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer have been the best pair of wingers the league has seen in a number of seasons. And then there is Wayne Routledge who finally found the net in their first away win of the campaign at Aston Villa.
Goals have been hard to come by at times this season but they did not panic and kept the faith with former
Watford man Danny Graham who has come good and netted his seventh goal of the season to cap of a wonderful team display on Sunday.
With seventeen games left to play they are only fourteen points from the promise land of the forty points mark. Indeed they have been on runs where results have not quite gone and the best example being their home game against QPR where they were second best for the majority, but their solidity and ethos ensured they would have a share of the points.
They have also turned games at key points such as they did against Fulham when Vorm denied Clint Dempsey from the spot and Graham netted a wonderful goal to secure all three points.
Tactically Rodgers and
’s Paul Lambert, are miles ahead of the likes of Ian Holloway and the now departed Neil Warnock. They are a new breed of manager who are fantastic for the game, they want their teams to play football and are not afraid to stick with what they think is best for their sides. Norwich City
Going forward Rodgers has the platform at
to establish them in the top flight, and what a credit they have been to the whole of Swansea , a worthy edition to the league and long may it continue. Wales