I'm from Swansea and usually have a save with them in every version of FM. This will be my first save with them in this version and hopefully my last save until FM 17 is out.
Brief History and Objectives
Swansea City Association Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Dinas Abertawe) is a Welsh professional football club based in Swansea, Wales, that plays in the Premier Leaguel. Swansea City represent England when playing in European competitions, although they have represented Wales in the past. The club were founded in 1912 as Swansea Town and joined the Football League in 1921. The club changed their name in 1969, when they adopted the name Swansea City to reflect Swansea's new status as a city. Swansea have played their home matches at the Liberty Stadium since 2005, having previously played at the Vetch Field since the club were founded.
Since being promoted to the Premier League, Swansea have for the most part, been a lower mid table side. I will be looking to take them to the next level (Europa League), before eventually being able to mount a challenge to the big boys.
Swansea seem to have lost their way with regards to style of football of late, Garry Monk took them away from possession football, preferring instead a rather rigid approach. I will be looking to bring back the style of football their fans became accustomed to! I've gone for a simple 4-1-4-1 with full backs getting to the byline whilst trying to retain a defensive shape is the way I'll try to approach this.
Lukasz Fabianski is a decent goalkeeper although probably not quite at the level of the top sides.
Defence is solid if unspectacular, a back up LB to Neil Taylor (who is somewhat overpowered (in my opinion) is all that is required.
We will be relying heavily on the likes of Gylfi Sigurðsson and Andre Ayew to provide moments of inspiration from midfield, another option in the middle wouldn't go amiss.
Alberto Paloschi is the main man up front, although this will definatley change (see below). I will be looking to offload Bafétimbi Gomis to free up some funds.
Marvin Emnes - Wolves - £1.5M
Bafétimbi Gomis - Leicester - £8.5M
Jay Fulton - Bristol City - £240K
None of the above are really good enough, I was especially delighted to get that much for Gomis!
Gabriel Barbosa (AMR/SC) - Santos - £11M
Juan Fuentes (DL) - Espanyol - £25K p/m Loan
I also had a deal lined up to bring in Hakim Ziyech in from Twente for around £5M only to be gazumped by Arsenal at the last moment. I was gutted and with a remaining budget of just over £3M decided against bringing anyone else in until January.
Pre-Season went quite well, we were unbeaten which wasn't difficult considering the opposition, but filled me with confidence ahead of a tough opening fixture away to Tottenham.
I've been a long time member of The Dugout and FMNow, but this is my first detailed post. Please feel free to point out any improvements/mistakes/ideas for me to take on going forward.