2009/10 Championship Preview: Swansea City

Last updated : 20 July 2009 By @blades_mad1889

Gorka Pintado celebrates scoring in pre-season.

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The Swans came very close to ending their debut Championship season on a high, finishing in the top six. This would have been achieved had the Welsh outfit not have lost 1-0 at Bramall Lane with just two games remaining, a win would have given them a good opportunity to snatch that last play-off place but David Cotterill's spot kick paid to that and they eventually finished 8th in the table.

As a result manager Roberto Martinez was head hunted by Wigan Athletic, and after two years in charge left the Liberty Stadium; vowing that he wouldn't raid his former club and implant their stars at the JJB Stadium. He has sort of stuck to his words, but has snatched Jason Scotland who netted 24 goals last season off their hands.

Former Queens Park Rangers manager Paulo Sousa has been handed the City job and has been quick in the transfer market to sign Jordi Gomez (Mallorca) who was on loan at Loftus Road last season. He has also signed Nathan Dyer (Southampton) and Stephen Dobie (Queen of the South) whilst Owain Tudar-Jones (Norwich City) has left the club.

The loss of Scotland will be big blow to the club, but Lopez will form a great attack in midfield, however without the finds that he so much enjoyed in London is likely that City won't have such an overwhelming season which they achieved last season. They won't be relegation material but its very much doubtful that they'll be contending at the top either.

Blades-Mad Predicted Finish: 14th

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2008-09 Players Statistics

Player NamePositionDoB#AppsGoals
Dobbie, Stephen
Forward05 Dec 1982tbc00
de Vries, Dorus
Goal29 Dec 19801460
Williams, Ashley
Defence23 Aug 19842512
Painter, Marcos
Defence17 Aug 19863120
O'Leary, Kristian
Midfield30 Aug 197740 (+1)0
Tate, Alan
Defence02 Sep 1982527 (+4)1
Bodde, Ferrie
Midfield05 May 19826197
Britton, Leon
Midfield16 Sep 1982747 (+1)0
Pratley, Darren
Midfield22 Apr 1985834 (+5)4
Scotland, Jason
Forward18 Feb 1979944 (+7)24
Orlandi, Andrea
Midfield03 Aug 1984109 (+6)1
Gower, Mark
Midfield05 Oct 19781135 (+6)0
Lawrence, Dennis
Defence01 Aug 19741510
Monk, Gary
Defence06 Mar 197916461
Tudur-Jones, Owain
Midfield15 Oct 1984178 (+6)0
Pintado, Gorka
Forward24 Mar 19781811 (+34)7
Jones, Chris
Forward12 Sep 19891900
MacDonald, Shaun
Midfield17 Jun 1988205 (+4)2
Bessone, Federico
Defence19 Oct 19722115 (+3)0
Rangel, Angel Zaragoza
Defence28 Oct 19822243 (+3)1
Bauza, Guillem
Forward25 Oct 1984238 (+13)3
Allen, Joe
Forward14 Mar 19902420 (+6)1
Collins, Matty
Midfield31 Mar 1986253 (+1)0
Serran, Alberto Polo
Defence17 Jul 19842615 (+3)0
Cornell, David
Goal28 Mar 19912700
Butler, Thomas
Midfield25 Apr 19812822 (+10)1
Richards, Ashley
Midfield12 Apr 19912900
Evans, Scott
Midfield06 Jan 19893200
Morgan, Kerry
Forward31 Oct 19883300
Graves, Kyle
Defence01 Apr 19893400
Pennock, Tony
Goal10 Apr 19713700

* Statistics up to and including 26 May 2009