Garry Monk and Swansea impressed everyone once again last year in a record-breaking season that saw them finish eighth in the Premier League, but things haven’t gone to plan so far this term.
The Welsh side currently lie 14th in the standings, and Monk is the favourite to be the next top-flight manager to lose his job after picking up just one win in his last 10 matches in all competitions.
So what three things have we learnt about the Swans after 13 games?
1) They have lost their defensive solidity.
The Swans were known to be a solid outfit last season and Lukasz Fabianski finished the campaign with 12 clean sheets in 37 appearances.
However, it has been a different story this year, with the club keeping just two shutouts in 13 games and the Pole, and his defenders, have made numerous uncharacteristic errors.
2) They suffer when Gylfi Sigurdsson isn’t in form.
At the start of the 2014/15 season, Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson was in fine form, but that tailed off towards the end of the campaign.
The Iceland international has really struggled to recreate that form from the start of last term, and his side seem to be suffering without his creativity and goals again.
3) Garry Monk has struggled to find solutions to his side’s problems.
One win in nine Premier League games – Monk has never really had to deal with a run like that before, and the 36-year-old has struggled to stop the rot.
The one thing that can be said though is that his players still seem to be fighting for him, and his captain, Ashley Williams, says they are fully behind their boss.