English Premiership

Struggling Swansea failing to attract players

2018-01-31 10:59
Carlos Carvalhal (Supplied)

Cape Town - Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal was delighted to see his side defeat Arsenal while admitting he has struggled to attract players to the club.

The former Sheffield Wednesday boss has turned the Swans' fortunes around since taking over from Paul Clement.

In his eight games in charge, the manager has overseen one loss, three draws and four wins, with some notable scalps including beating Liverpool 1-0 ahead of a comprehensive 3-1 defeat of the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger's side had taken a 33rd minute lead through Nacho Monreal at the Liberty Stadium but Sam Clucas pulled a goal back within a minute to level the scores.

Jordan Ayew then had the simplest of tap-ins after an error from Petr Cech on 61 minutes, leaving Clucas to seal the win with his second of the night with four minutes to play.

After the game, a proud Carvalhal said: "I'm very, very happy, of course. More than anything, I am proud of my players because when I arrived, I said to them that they had more value than what they were showing and today we played a very good game.

"When I arrived, I said 100 of 100 people asked would think that this team was relegated. In the first game, when we beat Watford, I said maybe two people think that these guys are not dead, they're breathing.

"After Liverpool, maybe 20 think that these guys are doing something so now in this moment, maybe 30 or 40 out of 100 will consider that maybe we have a chance."

And with regards to his troubles in signing new players, Carvalhal explained: "I understand the market is very hard for us and we are doing the best we can to achieve good players.

"I hope this victory will help with their decisions, because so far most don't want to come to Swansea. It is the reality. 

"It is not because of good offers, or we are not trying, the chairman and the board are doing their best, but the reality some do not want to come, some clubs are waiting on other players, so we must wait."


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