New Swans boss, Michael Laudrup. will be very happy with his sides performances after they demolished QPR at Loftus Road 5-0. New boy Michu and Nathan Dyer both grabbed a brace and the coveted Scott Sinclair rounded off the scoring after coming on for Dyer.
When Roberto Martinez left Swansea 2 and a bit years the fans feared for the worst. Paulo Souza did an okay job, but it wasn’t until Brendan Rodgers came in that the Swans began to fly once again. In his first season in charge, Swansea finished 3rd and won promotion via the play-offs. Swansea attacking style of play caught the eye of many, and when in the Premiership everyone took notice. With displays like the one they game against Arsenal where they out played them at their own game was one that pleased the eye to all neutral fans. Even Arsenal fans appreciated it even if they didn’t like the result. Many felt that Swansea would do okay, but would be involved in a relegation battle, but in the end they finished in a healthy 11th place.
It is fair to say that when Rodgers left Swansea for Liverpool that it was going to affect the Swans in a negative way, but with the appointment of Michael Laudrup the faith picked up a little bit more.
Laudrup lost Allen to Liverpool, where he would team up again with Rodgers and Scott Sinclair was also the subject of transfer talk with Manchester City being rumoured to be interested in him. Laudrup had made a few signings before the sale of Allen with two Spaniards coming in; Michu from Rayo Vallecano and Chico from Genoa and Canadian Jonathan de Guzman on loan. More recently Laudrup added Kyle Bartley from Arsenal and Jamie Procter from Preston North End. With the sale of Allen for £15 million against the acquisitions Laudrup has made Swansea have so far made around £10 million which is some great business.
How much a club has made in profit doesn’t really matter to the fans though, it is all about what happens on the pitch, so when Saturday came and the talk had come and gone everyone waited for kick off to see just what the next 260 plus days ahead has in store for them. Playing away from home you always hope for a good game, playing at home fans expect a win, well one set of fans left Loftus Road in high jubilation while the others questioned what the rest of the season is going to be like.
QPR started with new signings Rob Green, Ji-Sung Park, Fabio da Silva, Junior Hoilett and Andrew Johnson while Swansea gave Premier League debuts to Michu and de Guzman and Chico.
Swansea took the lead early on when Michu scored on the 8th minute and then not long before half time de Guzman made it 2-0. The first half finished with the Swans 2-0 up and leaving the QPR fans restless and the performances they were seeing. With no changes at the half they kicked off and it was Swansea who were scoring again. On the 53rd minute Michu scored his second of the game with a beautiful side foot finish from just outside the box. Ten minutes later and Nathan Dyer put the game past QPR to make it 3-0. Mark Hughes tried to bring some speed into the attack brining on Shaun Wright-Philips for Clint Hill, but that didn’t help matters with Swansea making it 4-0 on the 70th minute with Dyer grabbing his 2nd of the day also. Dyer made way for the sought after Sinclair who 10 minutes after Dyer scored and 6 minutes after he came on was scoring himself to complete the rout.
It was not a good day for Hughes and QPR, who have kept up the recruitment from last season with signing 7 players and still on the look out for more.
In the end it was a hugely impressive display from the Swans and one that Michael Laudrup will be pleased with. If they can keep it up all season they will be in for another exciting season