“Top of the league and we’re having a laugh.”
Chico Flores dancing on the right touchline half way through the first half encapsulated everything you needed to know about Swansea City two games into their second consecutive season in the top flight. They were having fun and looked damn good in doing so.
Michael Laudrup’s side coasted to an easy 3-0 victory over West Ham in a thoroughly convincing display aside from their disturbingly Real Madrid-like home kits. Angel Rangel opened the scoring in the 20th minute thanks to some incredibly poor goalkeeping from Jussi Jaskelainen – Big Sam must turn to Stephen Henderson next week at Upton Park.
You wouldn’t know this team had lost Joe Allen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and most recently Scott Sinclair. For a second consecutive week, the trio of Michu, Danny Graham and Nathan Dyer were immense. Michu tallied his third goal of the season nine minutes after Rangel’s opening marker – with a major assist from Hammers defender James Collins, doing his best ‘James Collins circa Villa 2011/12′ impression. Courtesy Opta Sports, in the last two seasons Michu has scored 17 of his 18 goals in La Liga & the Premier League from inside the box. James Tompkins had his hands full with the Spanish forward all day and Kevin Nolan fared no better, getting into repeated spats with just about anyone within a 1 meter radius. Danny Graham capped the scoring in the 64th minute connecting on an excellent ball from Wayne Routledge.
There are some slight concerns for the Swans going forward. Their defending on set pieces was below average. West Ham were unlucky not to pull one back in the dying moments of the first half after three consecutive corners resulted in a myriad of chances. They won’t get away with those lapses against the better teams in the Premiership.
But hey, top of the league with a plus eight goal differential is a great start. It’s hard not to love how Swansea play their football. They achieved a stunning 71% possession rate in the second half, and best of all, they play positive football - football worth getting up at 7:45 am for.
With Sunderland, Villa and Everton up next, 5-0-0 is no longer a dream start.