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Swansea might be English football's smartest team in the transfer market

Garry Monk has overseen plenty of clever transfer business since taking over as Swansea manager.

They could be billed as "best buyers" against "biggest spenders." When Swansea City and Manchester United meet on Sunday, it is with contrasting approaches in the transfer market and different strike rates. United have been outspent by their neighbours Manchester City this summer but have paid out some £230 million in transfer and loan fees, which is more than anyone else in the Premier League, over the last 15 months.

While that is a fact, any such title like the savviest operators in...

 By Max Hicks

Swansea's new free-shooting ways all part of Monk's plan

Swansea City manager Garry Monk spoke about the Welsh club's upcoming Premier League fixture against bottom of the table Sunderland.

The postmatch talk following Swansea's 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Saturday was mostly focused on how Dick Advocaat's men have turned a corner after a dreadful start. Stopping a Swansea side who have been among the league's brightest lights is all well and good, but Swansea should have won.

Maintaining the bar set over the first two games of the season, the Swans worked up another 20 shots on goal, nine of which were on target. The two shots Sunderland managed to put on target from 10 taken were...

 By Max Hicks

Swansea set up to continue Sunderland's misery

Gabriele Marcotti discusses Swansea's win over Newcastle and comments that Jonjo Shelvey and Bafetimbi Gomis are proving a strong partnership.

Swansea's strong start to the season will probably end sometime, but surely not this Saturday. Sunderland have been dismal so far, and it's difficult to see how anything could have happened in the past week to transform Dick Advocaat's floundering squad into any kind of serious threat.

The Dutchman is no doubt ruing his decision to come back for one more season instead of retiring on a relative high following last season's relegation escape. Given Sunderland's performances so far this season,...

 By Max Hicks

Swansea show Newcastle and the rest how it's done on and off the pitch

Garry Monk said Daryl Janmaat was deservedly sent off in Swansea's 2-0 win over Newcastle.

Watching Swansea effortlessly outplay and beat Newcastle 2-0 on Saturday, one question came to mind: "Where do they get these players?"

Of all the available options on the transfer and free agent market, of all the countless possible combinations of players, how is it that Swansea's acquisitions seem born to play for the club?

Much is made of new signings at this time in the season; watching how each team's new players fare is one of the most fascinating aspects of early season play. Too often,...

 By Max Hicks

Swansea happy to remain under the radar as window passes

Garry Monk has joined former Swansea boss Roberto Martinez this week in criticising the rules of the transfer window rules, suggesting that only big clubs can benefit from a transfer window which remains open throughout the first three weeks of Premier League play.

He's probably got a point -- John Stones' rumoured move from Martinez's Everton to Chelsea seems inevitable no matter the protest from Goodison, and Monk knows that performances such as Jefferson Montero's against Chelsea last week...

 By Max Hicks

Confident Swansea send message with draw at Chelsea

ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Chelsea's season opener against Swansea and how they stuttered in their first step towards retaining their title.

Garry Monk is a man with a plan. Few could have predicted that the Swansea boss would field an offensive formation full of attack-minded players for a visit to Chelsea. But Monk's appropriation of a "last thing they'll expect" strategy worked perfectly, and nearly won the Welsh club a first ever Premier League victory at Stamford Bridge.

Chances seemed good the Swans would line up in the new defensive diamond shape which Monk showcased to great effect last season, playing narrow with plenty...