Date: 1st October 2015 at 9:27pm
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Swansea City face one of their toughest home games of the season on Sunday as they face a Spurs side who arrive at the Liberty Stadium on the back of a thumping 4-1 win against Manchester City.

After picking up just 1 point in their last 3 games, as well as going out of the Capital One Cup at Hull City, the Swans are in much need of producing a much improved performance this weekend, after looking worryingly vulnerable defensively last week at Southampton.

It’s not often that a Swansea side concede so many soft and easily avoidable goals in one game, but they made it far too easy for Southampton to take all three points at St Mary’s.

Right back Kyle Naughton is having a tough time lately, he’s lacking support down the right flank what with Andre Ayew always making runs inside to join striker Gomis in the penalty area. Naughton’s job is to try and get crosses into the box himself without support, and the need for him to push further forward than fellow full back Neil Taylor exposes the team down the right side, as you can see below – which is Swansea’s typical attacking shape:



To try and get around this problem, Monk changed to a 4-4-2 diamond at Southampton, and it helped the team dominate possession but without creating many clear-cut chances.

This is because the team lack any pace in the side without any wingers, and Swansea’s play was often too slow and predictable.

To get around this problem, Monk uncharacteristically made two substitute changes at the start of the second half, despite his team only being a goal down and dominating with almost 60% possession.

Montero came on to try and inject some pace, while Eder replaced an ineffective Gomis, but if anything, it made things easier for the home side who were able to double their lead shortly after the restart and guarantee the three points.



Swansea’s typical attacking shape at Southampton is shown above, with the two full backs providing the width, but this could leave the team exposed in wide areas if possession was lost in the opposition’s half.

Gomis and Ayew are both a threat in the air, and you can understand why Monk is keen to get the ball wide and get crosses into the box – which is hurting Sigurdsson’s game as he continues to struggle to fit into the team’s adjusted style of play.

Monk also has the dilemma in the centre about who to play from Shelvey, Cork, Ki and Sigurdsson, and Britton is also an option after some typical solid ‘Leon Britton’ performances in recent weeks.

4-2-3-1 is definitely the way to go at home – especially against a side like Spurs who also use the same system, with a balanced use of full back and winger combinations down both flanks. The 4-4-2 diamond struggled up against that last season at White Hart Lane.

Having said that, Swansea’s current 4-2-3-1 could give Spurs more freedom down their left due to Ayew’s persistence in moving inside.

Has the time come for Monk to make a big decision in terms of his team selection? Does a big player need to be dropped? Or is it a simple case of ensuring that Ayew sticks to his wide role and support the right back?

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