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Swansea City

 By Max Hicks

Lopsided loss highlights Swansea's need for defensive midfielder

Swansea's first match without Wilfried Bony proved to be a disaster, as Chelsea were firing on all cylinders.

Saturday's unexpected 5-0 hammering has provided almost too many talking points to know where to begin. Is it just that Chelsea are that good, or that Swansea were that bad during a squadwide off day? Were individuals to blame, or was the whole team culpable? In my view, Saturday's result was not so much about the players on the field as one player who wasn't.

No, I'm not talking about Wilfried Bony. I'm not sure even Bony could have made much difference on Saturday, given the difficulties Swansea...

Chelsea take title initiative in 5-0 dismantling of Swansea

Swansea's first match without Wilfried Bony proved to be a disaster, as Chelsea were firing on all cylinders.

SWANSEA, Wales -- Three quick thoughts on Chelsea's 5-0 hammering of Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

1. Chelsea reclaim title initiative

This time there was no controversy over officials, only officious command. If the Chelsea squad were genuinely angry about decisions from referees over the past few weeks, they took all their emotion out on Swansea City in an emphatic 5-0 win.

That's perhaps the true point of Jose Mourinho's regular diatribes about such things, to create...

 By Max Hicks

Low expectations for Chelsea visit, but Bafetimbi Gomis must step up

Bafetimbi Gomis could take advantage of Chelsea's recent poor form.

It seems like a long time ago that Swansea were a new team in the Premier League, with no expectations of getting a result against any other side. Three-and-a-half seasons later, their credentials are now firmly established, with a League Cup in the trophy cabinet and foray into Europe two particular highlights. Still, there are some clubs against which nobody ever expects a result, and Chelsea are one of those clubs.

The "big six" threshold is a strange phenomenon. The smallest of the Premier League's...

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What does Wilfried Bony's signing do for City? Six points on the £28M man

The ESPN FC crew approve of Wilfried Bony joining Manchester City. The Ivorian gives the champions options up front, scoring 25 goals in 54 Premier League matches.

Manchester City and Swansea were none too happy that Wilfried Bony's transfer was announced by the Ivory Coast Football Federation before they could reveal it on their own website pages -- in his new club's case, a bespoke Photoshop and hashtag.

It was hardly as if a great secret was being revealed. Bony's 28 million...

 By Max Hicks

Okazaki and Bacca just two potential Bony replacements at Swansea

The ESPN FC crew approve of Wilfried Bony joining Manchester City. The Ivorian gives the champions options up front, scoring 25 goals in 54 Premier League matches.

Wilfried Bony has been sold -- and perhaps a little sooner than Swansea fans were hoping. With a fairly handsome return to spend on a replacement this month, here are five strikers Swansea should consider.

Shinji Okazaki

Mainz striker Okazaki recently became the most prolific Japanese goal scorer in Bundesliga history. The small forward is a terrific improviser with good technical skills who can score with both feet and with his head, despite his stature. He could be a good fit given Swansea's creative...

 By Max Hicks

Swansea prove that there's life after Wilfried Bony with West Ham draw

Swansea City and Manchester City have agreed a fee for the sale of striker Wilfried Bony.

The news of Manchester City and Swansea agreeing to terms over striker Wilfried Bony put Saturday's game against West Ham into sharper focus. That City were able to negotiate a fee for Bony at just 25 million pounds (rising, depending on performances, to 28 million pounds) is a point worthy of its own discussion. In short, Swansea have settled for too little in a deal which smacks too much of big-six cherry-picking.

Bony is worth more and deserves more than to reach the top as an insurance policy,...