Think Football fans preview pt 4: Swansea to West Ham

Think Football fans preview pt 4: Swansea to West Ham

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Swansea

Since his arrival in English football what do you think of Francesco Guidolin?

“I’ve been impressed with Guidolin. He certainly helped to steady the ship after Gary Monk’s departure. We ended the season strongly and I did not expect a 12th place finish in January! I’m pleased we gave him the chance and made his position permanent. He obviously has a good working relationship with club legend Alan Curtis and I am looking forward to seeing where he can take us this season.“

You’ve lossed a few of your attacking players with Andre Ayew on the verge of a move to West Ham, do you think you’ve got enough going forward?

“Hopefully. As long as we can keep what we have got. We have just signed Fernando Llorente and a deal is pending for Spanish striker Borja Baston.“

Are you happy with the additions you’ve made and what one other player would you like to see come through the door?

“Mike Van Der Hoorn looks like a good addition to defence especially, with Ashley Williams leaving for Everton.

However, our most important piece of business this summer has probably been Gylfi Sigurdsson signing a new four-year contact. I would take another attacking midfielder/play maker but generally happy with what we’ve got. I would like to see some academy players coming through like McBurnie and Rodon.”

What one improvement would you like to see from Swansea this season?

“Corners, both attacking and defending them. We were awful from set pieces last season.“

Lastly, where do you think they will finish?

“10th-12th and possibly lift a cup.”

Tottenham

You had an amazing season last term, but to the anger of many spurs fans fell behind rivals Arsenal, can you finish above them this season?

“I think we can, because over the summer we have strengthened our side more than Arsenal. Also we have a much younger squad than Arsenal, which could potentially help us in the later stages of the season.”

One of the main additions you have made to your squad is Janssen. Do you think he will be able to replicate his performances in the Dutch league here in England?

“The Premier League is not much different to the Eredivise so I think Janssen could have a very good time at Spurs and hopefully replicate his form from the past season.”

What one improvement do you see Tottenham needing to make to improve on last seasons finish?

“I feel like Spurs need more cover in the midfield for players like Erik Lamela and Eriksen as Chadli is underperforming at the moment.”

Who do you see as the key player for Spurs this season?

“I see Erik Lamela being the key player for Tottenham, he’s growing as a player and a person every year so I feel that it’s his time to shine.“

Lastly, can Kane retain the top scorer award?

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“Yes. I do think Kane can retain his title, as he is still young, hungry and even after a difficult Euros campaign, he has already bagged himself 2 goals in 1 pre season game for Tottenham.”

Thanks to Jake (@Jake_Henley)

Watford

What’s your feeling currently as a Watford fan? You obviously had a very good season finishing 13th and getting to the semi-final of the FA Cup, but decided to sack your manager. What are your thoughts on the situation?

“To the outside world sacking Flores was madness. But the truth is, after Christmas, when Ighalo stopped scoring there was no plan B. It was relegation form and tactics and he showed nothing to try and rectify it. Most Watford fans were glad to see him gone. Football pundits, in general, do not do their homework on Watford. Our final league position and FA Cup run masked many issues. Our owner, Gino Pozzo is not one for sentiment and is always looking to improve on what we have. He made a good call in getting rid of QSF.“

Do you think the new manager can do any better than Flores did?

“I think Mazzarri has a lot to prove and his work at Napoli in particular, proves he’s capable. He has my backing but no track record in England makes it a tough ask. An incredibly hard first five fixtures doesn’t help and he has to be adaptable. He was a staunch 3-5-2 man in Italy.”

The transfer window isn’t shut yet, who would you like to see come through the door?

“Like most, I feel we need a real midfield playmaker. We have a tough, no nonsense box-to-box midfield and perhaps lack someone to make it tick. We’re linked with top draw players like Bouffal and Pereyra. One of them would be incredible. If not, perhaps Adelene Guedioura who was largely ignored by Flores, can do a job until we unearth long-term options.”

What one improvement do Watford need to make to improve on last seasons performance?

“Consistency. We faded after Christmas as I mentioned. If we can remain steady for a longer period, we could do well.”

Who do you see as your key player going into the new season?

“Deeney will be key. Captain, leader, legend. A special man respected round these parts. He brings the squad together.“

Finally, where do you see Watford finishing this year, any improvement upon last seasons finish?

“I’d take staying up by the skin of our teeth right now because no team has a divine right in this league but there is no reason with one or two additions and a bit of luck that we can’t get a comfortable mid table finish. Survival and a cup would be out of this world!”

Thanks to Paul D. Hogan (@hoganwatford)

 

West Brom

It’s been well publicised that West Brom have been took over by Chinese owners, bringing with them a lot of cash by the sounds of it, are you hoping for some serious summer activity?

“In truth we are uncertain exactly how rich the new owner are and therefore how much money Albion will have to spend. The deal has effectively been in place since the end of June and so it is ridiculous to think that Albion are still preparing targets. The club needs to improve in several areas, and may still accumulate decent funds should Berahino depart this summer. But I do not see money being spent for money’s sake. The new Chairman, John Williams, will be working with the owners, and promotes a sensible approach.”

Some West Brom fans are annoyed at the lack of ambition at the club with Tony Pulis in charge, what’s your feeling towards him?

“Pulis was always going to prove a divisive character. Whilst at Stoke City, Albion fans saw Pulis as the Anti-Christ of football and the dour, defensive dross that the Baggies served up last season will have done little to have changed the opinion of many. Albion have suffered from a lack of ambition in the last few years, but that stemmed as much from the board as the manager. With Albion having shed the yo-yo tag and having been in the Premier League for several consecutive seasons now, another year of aiming merely for 17th will not sit well with the majority of fans.

In my own opinion, Pulis has done the job he was required to do when appointed, i.e kept Albion up and given some sort of platform from which Albion can build. However, the style of play and the bizarre tactical decisions at times left me increasingly frustrated. I find it difficult to envisage that Pulis will be in charge for the full year.”

What one area do West Brom need to improve upon to improve on last seasons finish?

“Creativity. Only relegated Aston Villa scored fewer goals than Albion last season and there were at least 7 games in which Albion failed to muster an effort on target. A defensive minded style of play does not help, but when Albion did have the ball there was a severe lack of ideas and movement. Albion were dull, predictable and uninspiring last year.”

Who do you see as the key player for West Brom this season?

“It is vital that Albion keep Jonny Evans, despite the interest from Arsenal. He is easily the best centre half in Baggies’ recent history, and is also accomplished at left back and defensive midfield. He was fantastic last season and will need to be again. Rondon will also be key. He struggled at times in his first season but still managed a good goal return with little service up to him. With doubts about Berahino’s future, and a severe lack of attacking options, Rondon is the lead figure and Albion need him to hit the ground running.”

Where do you see West Brom finishing this season?

“Unfortunately I expect this season to be a struggle. Albion’s last Premier League win came at the beginning of March and pre-season results have hardly been morale boosting. The Baggies huffed and puffed their way through last season. So far, Albion have added only one player to the ranks, and have failed to improve key areas that were lacking last year. For supporters, it will be another year of hoping there are three worse teams than us.”

Lastly, do WBA have what it takes to

win some silverware?

“It is every Albion supporters’ dream to see Albion add to their collection of silverware. It has been nearly 50 years since the Baggies last won the FA Cup. Fans are still hurting after defeat at Reading in the sixth round last year, and even more so from defeat to arch-rivals Aston Villa in the quarter final the year before. However, despite Pulis fielding strong line-ups in cup games, I do not see Albion having either the depth or cutting edge to add another trophy to the collection.”

Thanks to Heidi Turner (@Heidi_wba)

 

West Ha

Describe to me what it’s like to be a West Ham fan at the moment?

“Exciting times to be a West Ham fan. The club seems to be on a definite rise. Added excitement comes with the new stadium and hopefully we can turn it into a fortress.”

You’ve made a few decent transfers so far, who are you looking forward to watching most?

“Seen Feghouli play and he looks like a player full of tricks. I’m also looking forward to seeing Ayew hopefully link with Payet.”

Probably a bit of a silly question but who do you see as the key player this season for West Ham?

“Obviously looking to Payet to create the magic. I feel it’s a big season for Lanzini too. We leaked a lot of goals last season and bringing in Nordveidt as a holding midfielder will hopefully stem the flow. Hopefully we will give Kouyate more chance to get forward. Think we’ll get a big season out of him too.”

Do you think Bilic and the West Ham boys can outdo last seasons performance

“With the upheaval of moving to a new home I’d be very happy if we can match last season. We had a weak end to the season apart from the Man Utd game but think it’ll be tough to finish higher than 6th or 7th.”

With the boost of the new stadium bringing an even stronger sense of optimism around the club can West Ham get a trophy this season?

“Don’t think West Ham are trophy ready yet. We’ve been unable to attract a top striker this season as we are still viewed as little old West Ham. If we can get a decent season under our belt, get some huge crowds making a lot of noise; we can attract the quality needed to take us to the next level. I think this season it too early though.”

Lastly, what one improvement would you like to see from West Ham this season?

“We have to improve defensively. We’re conceding 2 or 3 goals a game. We can’t win many games like that. Lots of focus has been on a 20 goal striker but goals wasn’t a problem last season, conceding them was. We still don’t have anywhere near a settled back four going into the very difficult Chelsea away game.”

Thanks you to Graham Cox (@orientcox)