In a recent twitter poll, 45% of voters reckon that only 1 of our 5 out-and-out wingers is good enough for the Premier League
In a recent twitter poll, 45% of voters reckon that only 1 of our 5 out-and-out wingers is good enough for the Premier League.
Our wingers and the quality of our wingers has been much debated for a quite a long time now, and there doesn’t seem to be work going on behind the scenes to improve our options in that position.
Whether that’s because Paul Clement is focusing on a formation system that doesn’t require wingers, or more worryingly – they don’t see it as a major issue that needs addressing, it’s widely regarded that most of our current wingers are not good enough for the Premier League.
Routledge, Dyer, Montero, Barrow & Narsingh. How many of these wingers are good enough for the Premier League next season?
? Vital Swansea City (@VitalSwansea) July 14, 2017
Out of 534 votes over a couple of days, 45% voted that only one winger is good enough – out of the 5 options we gave – Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge, Modou Barrow, Jefferson Montero and Luciano Narsingh. And the majority of those 45% probably would say that Narsingh is the one they deem as being up to the job in the English top flight.
While Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge are committed, long-term players – they struggle to offer what they used to in the Premier League. Modou Barrow and Jefferson Montero now appear to be a long way from being consistent performers, and have been more recently labeled as one-trick ponies, both relying on pace and skill but lacking various other qualities needed to earn a regular place in the starting eleven.
Modou Barrow also went on another loan to the Championship last season following Clement’s appointment, joining up with Garry Monk at Leeds but even there he wasn’t able to break into the team. Montero is another who is very one-dimensional, is often found to be marked out of games and struggles to find ways to overcome that. Being free from injury is also a big problem, and you currently can’t see either player being able to convince Clement that they’re useful options.
Our way of playing in recent years – mainly the last two haven’t helped their cause either. Garry Monk was the last manager to use a 4-2-3-1 formation that utilised wingers. Guidolin replaced Monk and continued Curtis’ work of using a diamond or a more defensive 4-3-3 system, while Clement also continued that trend.
Whether he changes back to a more attacking 4-2-3-1 system remains to be seen, but I highly doubt it given the wingers he has to choose from. We didn’t include Jordan Ayew in the list because he’s mainly a second striker, and proved to be more effective when playing in a more central attacking role alongside Llorente.
What are your opinions on the wingers situation at the club? Do they need to be replaced? If so, how many? Would you like to see Clement revert back to a 4-2-3-1 system and use wingers again? Let us know your thoughts in the comments…