Swansea produced their finest performance of the season to beat Liverpool last night, successfully defending Alamo-style for long periods of the game and taking their sole clear cut chance. It was a performance full of exactly the characteristics that have been missing for too much of this season so far, fight, courage and most importantly a clear tactical plan.
The effect Carlos Carvalhal has had on the club is abundantly clear. Players that looked despondent and not fussed a month or two ago now look motivated and committed to the cause. Jordan Ayew, Sam Clucas and Ki each had their finest performance of the season, seemingly buoyed by Carvalhal’s willingness to look forward and counter at the right times.
Yet Swansea can not afford to see this result as a forecast for the remainder of the season, and must reinforce the team with new players in what is left of the transfer window. While Carlos Carvalhal has had a clear and obvious impact on the morale and performance of his squad, there are still clear and obvious issues present in the current squad.
Outside of a magnificent last ditch tackle in the second half, Kyle Naughton displayed Swansea’s need for a new right-back while the lack of chances created last night should show Carvalhal that he desperately needs a creative attacking midfielder, whether that be a no. 10 or a winger.
It seems obvious that Swansea must sign at least two quality players in the next nine days, but after twenty two of seemingly complete inactivity, Swans fans will be forgiven for worrying about what might happen.