Clement: Swansea squad is better without Sigurdsson and Llorente

Date published: Sunday 10th September 2017 11:15

Paul Clement believes Swansea have a stronger squad now than the one which featured Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente.

Deadline-day signings Renato Sanches and Wilfried Bony are set to make their Swansea debuts at home to Newcastle on Sunday after a busy summer of transfer activity at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea signed seven players in the transfer window while 10 left the club, among them Icelandic playmaker Sigurdsson – who was involved in 53 per cent of their goals last season – and 15-goal top scorer Llorente.

“I’m very happy with the way that the squad has shaped up,” head coach Clement said.

“Clearly you are disappointed when you lose some key players, and in Sigurdsson, Llorente and (Jack) Cork three very good players left the club.

“I can’t lie and say we haven’t lost some good players. We have.

“But the ins that we got are very good and I am pleased with the size of the squad.

“We brought the numbers down and it’s far more manageable. I would go for this squad now – 100 per cent.”

The £45million departure of Sigurdsson to Everton and the loss of Llorente to Tottenham prompted many to predict that Swansea are heading for another relegation battle after last season’s struggles.

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