View on the Visitors - Swansea City

South Wales Evening Post's Gareth Vincent lifts the lid on Saturday's opponents
South Wales Evening Post’s football correspondent Gareth Vincent lifts the lid on Saturday's visitors

How would you summarise Swansea’s season?

“A bit of a struggle really. Considering last season was Swansea’s best ever season in the Premier League, there was a lot of expectation and hope. Swansea made a pretty good start to the season but obviously fell away. They’re safe now but it’s been a long season and it didn’t look good in certain moments”.

Which players have stood out for you, who should we look out for?

“Gylfi Sigurdsson has been Swansea’s best player and has scored some very important goals. Added to that the captain Ashley Williams is a big influence, and I have to mention the contributions of Jack Cork and Leon Brittan.”

How do you expect the Swans to approach Saturday's game?

“Now they are safe from relegation, the pressure is definitely off. There’s certainly a feeling of disappointment that since they’ve been safe the performances have dropped away. Their last two away games have been defeats, 7-0 in total so their attitude has been questioned.

“Having said that, they’ve been Liverpool and Chelsea recently so they are capable of pulling off big wins.”

Are you expecting a busy summer in south Wales?

“Yes, at every level there are lots of things yet to be decided. It looks like there are going to be changes as a takeover keeps on being talked about. Added to that, Francesco Guidolin’s contract is up at the end of the season so there’s a decision to be reached there.

“Player wise, I think a freshen up is also needed so I’d expect a few new faces through the door.”

This is the last time Swansea will visit the Boleyn Ground, what memories do you have?

“Swansea’s recent record at the Boleyn has been pretty miserable so this is a last opportunity to set the record straight before the Hammers move on!”

What’s your prediction for Saturday's score?

“I think Swansea have every right to go for a positive result, they’ve got nothing to lose, but if I was a betting man, given their form, it’s hard to look past the Hammers really.”