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Swansea City have already broken their record Premier League tally of 47 points.

And have three more matches to play this season.

Swansea City: The gradual riseA club that started from the bottom up, Swansea play some of the best football in the league. Things are looking on the up for the South-Wales club, and there isn’t a better time to be a Swansea supporter.

From narrowly avoiding relegation to the Football Conference in 2003 to beating their best ever Premier League points tally. Under former captain Garry Monk, the Swans are en-route to their highest top division finish since that eventful 1981-82 season.

Since being promoted from the Championship as play-off winners in the 2010-11 season, Swansea City have been a stronghold in the Premier League by securing a place in the competition every season since they had that Wembley win. This season under Garry Monk, the Welsh club have already reached their record points tally in the Premier League.

Swansea City, like a number of their fellow Premier League compatriots, have risen from England’s second tier but settled into life in the Premier League relatively easily. They have been a club with a keen eye for talent-spotting. Players such as Michel Vorm, Michu, Jonjo Shelvey and Wilfried Bony (just to name a few) have been part of Swansea’s squad which has allowed them to adapt to the Premier League.

Not many gave them a chance when they got promoted. However, Swansea had battled against all odds. They, under current Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, developed a significant way of playing that is similar to that of Bayern Munich and Barcelona in many ways.

The ‘Tiki-Taka’ style of play. Unlike most clubs who have this style (bar Barcelona), Swansea didn’t have the managers influence. It was built into their modern identity as former boss Roberto Martinez implemented it on them. This possession based style of play, which is faster than Barca’s pure Tiki-taka, helped them survive the threat of relegation for their first season as a top-flight club. After this achievement Rodgers eventually left for Liverpool, leaving the Swansea board to appoint a new man at the realm, Michael Laudrup.

The Dane had inherited a great-looking squad to go with his first season in charge at the club. With the summer signings Ki Sung-Yueng and Michu as well as Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge and Scott Sinclair (his last game before leaving for Manchester City), Laudrup’s men flattened QPR 5-0 in the opening day of the Swans’ centenary year. Not a bad start.

Michael Laudrup took the team to the Capital One Cup final in February of 2013 with the Swans having to take on unlikely opponents Bradford City at the first major cup final of that year. Bradford’s fairy tale came to a bitter end though, as yet another 5-0 win for Swans. This was their first ever major trophy in their centenary year.

In the current climate of football, especially that of the Premier League, a bad run of form means that a manager’s future is always going to have questions. This was indeed the case with Laudrup. After he did get sacked, Swansea looked to a club icon and current player Garry Monk.

Monk was appointed having no prior experience in management, the decision-makers at Swansea knew that he had the dressing room’s backing though. Very recently the Leicester manager Nigel Pearson hailed the ‘fantastic faith’ in the board to appoint Monk in the first place.

Although Monk has failed to reach a cup final like Laudrup, the form of his team has gained much praise and many have hailed his takeover at the realm of manager. Their fans are great. They demand heart and passion, they show this by doing it themselves in the stands. They stand by their team and know that previously players like Bony and Shelvey haven’t always started great but have etched their way into a good run of form and praise from neutrals.

Their fans deserve high quality football, which is something they get with Swansea and this football is gaining them places which they haven’t ever seen before. This passion is also helped by the fact that their owner, Huw Jenkins, is Welsh. He knows Swansea’s fans and his recent decisions, like the ones that appointed Laudrup and Monk, have worked out great for the Swansea faithful.

But what does this mean for Swansea’s future?

If the past and present is anything to go by then a realistic target would be the Europa League or a top-eight finish at least. Swansea play better than teams around them like Stoke, Newcastle and Crystal Palace. On their day they can play better than teams like Liverpool, City and Arsenal.

However, those teams are still too high quality to compete against just yet. But if they continue to play like this and continue to have quality signings and managers under their belt, then they can compete for a European spot in the future, whether that be through the league or cup. Swansea’s future looks a bright one.

Originally published at crazyaboutepl.com

Post written by Brandon Williams
for Crazy About EPL, Blog: Crazy About EPL, Twitter: @CrazyAboutEPL

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