The Daily Swan – 1st July

Daniel James is a Shrew

Now, I’m not saying today was a slow news day, but the top story from today is about an under-23 winger going out on loan…
Daniel James showed great potential in the under-23s last year, and this loan move is an opportunity for him to get first-team experience in “proper football”, as opposed to the relatively safe atmosphere of youth football. If you look for good news, it could reveal Swansea’s attitude towards wingers. This loan move implies that either Clement is satisfied with our depth in the wide positions, or is confident that new individuals are incoming. James seems to be a top prospect, and could greatly benefit from a season of first-team football.
Currently, our wingers are: Narsingh, Routledge, Dyer, Montero, and striker/winger Jordan Ayew. Is this a group of players suited to a season of Premier League football? That much is questionable, and with Montero seemingly on his way out of the club, a first-team wing option is surely on the shopping list this summer.

Shall we play shirts and skins?

It’s a news story that seems every bit ridiculous as it is believable and all too real. Swansea may not be able to use either their home or away kit on the first day of the season against Southampton. There’s a chance this could be just the result of a slow news day, but it seems that due to Southampton’s kit featuring a large white section on a mainly red kit, as opposed to their traditional even stripes, Swansea are unable to use either of their recently released kits.
One possible solution put forward by WalesOnline was to use the ‘unlucky’ away kit from last season, with the new sponsor instead of BetEast. Swansea used the away kit five times last season, and failed to pick up a point in any of those games.
Is the kit really unlucky? Who knows. Will we see eleven shirtless Swansea players on the first day of the season? Who knows, we can only wait and see. But this has to be the most pointless bit of news of the summer, so far, right? Nonsense.

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