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 By Max Hicks

Andre Ayew signing is a coup for Swansea

Swansea's new signing Andre Ayew has scored 44 league goals for his previous club in Marseille.

Pele once said that an African nation would win a World Cup before the year 2000. He was wrong, but he did recognise the rising star of African football. The quarterfinals are as far as Africa has gone in football's biggest contest, with Ghana the nation to do so most recently, in 2010.

Fittingly, one of the greatest African footballers of all time was also a Ghanaian: Abedi Ayew, christened Abedi Pele after the Brazilian great in recognition of his skills. On Wednesday, Abedi Pele's son, Andre...

 By Max Hicks

Swansea are aggressively recruiting targets for next season's ambitions

Garry Monk is aiming to improve on Swansea's eighth place finish from last season as Europa League qualification is a target for next season.

After a fantastically successful first full season as Swansea manager, Garry Monk is not about to rest on his laurels. He has already started shaping next season's squad a mere week and a half after this season's finale.

While the gaze of the football world turns toward the Champions League final, Monk is instead fixated on this August. He has already extended defender Neil Taylor's contract, released goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel and lined-up potential deals for a new left-back and goalkeeper.


 By Max Hicks

Ki, Cork standout performers for Swansea in 2014-15

Garry Monk's first full season as Swansea boss was an unexpected success. Sure, the Swansea board have a proven eye for talent, but for a top-flight team to appoint a manager with no experience whatsoever was still a bold move. It paid off, as Monk led his Swans to their highest-ever finish and best-ever points total in the Premier League.

Here's how the players rated over the course of the season.

Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players with fewer than 10 appearances not counted)

GK Lucasz Fabianski,...

 By Max Hicks

Swansea enjoy fine Premier League campaign under Garry Monk

With the Premier League season over, here's a look back at Swansea's campaign as thoughts turn towards the summer and next season.

Your season in a sentence and final grade: A-


Doing the doubles. Swansea became the first team since Chelsea in 2009-10 to do the double over both Manchester United and Arsenal in the same season and just the third team in Premier League history to do so at all. Beating the big boys is generally seen as an unexpected perk for the top flight's smaller sides;...

 By Max Hicks

Monk must get Swansea summer signings done early

Who stayed up? Who's heading to the Championship? Who will be playing in Europe next season? We have everything you may have missed from the last Sunday in the Premier League right here.

Half of Crystal Palace's goals this season have come from set pieces, so it probably shouldn't be a surprise that the solitary strike which gave the London club a 1-0 victory on Sunday came from a free kick.

The match was meaningless for Swansea, but goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski went into the game with a chance of earning the Premier League's golden glove award for most clean sheets. After Marouane Chamakh put an end to that aspiration just before the hour mark, the rest of the game became academic.


Premier League season in a sentence - how did your team do this term?

The ESPN FC crew discuss the Premier League team of the year.

As the dust settles on another Premier League season, it is time to reflect on the campaign and how it went for each club. Was it a success or failure? We asked our Premier League bloggers to assess their season in a sentence.

1. Chelsea

Worthy champions from start to finish -- "boring" is just a jealous state of mind.

2. Manchester City

Taken to the cleaners by Arsenal in the Community Shield, ill-prepared City did not heed that wake up call and suffered for most of the season.

3. Arsenal