So the new season began with a bang with 26 goals scored on the opening weekend. There were many performances of note; Fulham’s mauling at the hands of Norwich, West Ham’s first game back in the top flight and of course Steve Clarke’s reunion with Liverpool and a 3-0 victory for his West Brom side.
But for me the performance of the weekend had to be that of Swansea. The Swans went to Loftus Road having lost Brendan Rodgers and Joe Allen to Liverpool. Add to this Scott Sinclair’s refusal to extend his stay, and many thought that Swansea may suffer second-season syndrome and struggle.
The Swans are now being led by Michael Laudrup, someone I grew up watching and admiring. Laudrup could not have asked for a better start to life as a Premier League manager. His side recorded a comprehensive 5-0 victory over QPR, a team who are aiming high and have recruited vast amounts of experience this summer with the likes of Ji-Sung Park, Jose Bosingwa and Robert Green. Despite this, QPR were outplayed and were left licking their wounds.
New recruit Michu got off to a fantastic start when his speculative 25-yard beat the fumbling Robert Green. Swansea continued to dominate and hit the bar twice before Michu grabbed his second early in the second period, curling his effort beyond Green. QPR fell apart soon after and some woeful defending allowed Nathan Dyer to score twice with the space of eight minutes. Sinclair rounded off the rout after 81 minutes and gave Laudrup the dream start he could only have wished for.
Let’s hope the free-flowing, attacking football continues.