The view from Swansea.
Ahead of Watford's game against Swansea City on Saturday at Vicarage Road, I caught up with Phil Sumbler from www.planetswans.co.uk, to gain more of an insight on tomorrow's opposition and to hear his views on the Golden Boys.
How has the first month of the season been for Swansea? Are you pleased by the start that you've made or were you expecting more?
"It's been a brilliant start. Given the fact that we played both Chelsea and Man Utd in the month, to come through with an unbeaten record and in the top four shows that the work we put in during the summer is paying off."
What do you think of the business that Swansea did over the
course of the Summer Transfer Window? Any major departures?
"Garry Monk did his business early, with four signings in the four areas we needed strengthening. We now have what he wanted which is an option in every position and that is how it should be. He is a big advocate of doing your business early and given our start you can see that it works - other teams should take note! Nathan Dyer leaving was a bit of a surprise but we have other options."
From the outside looking in, Garry Monk has seemingly done a superb job at the Liberty Stadium. What have the fans made of Monk's time in charge and what are your hopes for this season?
"There were many not convinced on Garry's appointment when he took over last year, but nobody can argue with the job that he is doing. Last season's 8th placed finish was incredible and we have started this season looking like we can eclipse that which would be phenomenal."
Thoughts on Watford? Do you think that the Hornets can survive in the Premier League?
"It is always tough for teams coming up, but I have to say that for any team coming in, you should fear
nobody. We were always led to believe when we were in the Championship that the Premier League was full of world class teams, but it isn't and with a good team spirit, anything can be achieved. The key when you stay up is to build on it slowly, we have done that and the results speak for themselves. For the fans enjoy every minute though."
One Watford player you'd like to see in a Swansea shirt?
"Troy Deeney is the obvious one. He has always impressed me in the Championship and it will be interesting to see how he adapts. If he has a good season then you won't hold onto him next summer I don't think, whether you stay up or not."
Key player for the Swans on Saturday?
"Gomis and Ayew are taking the plaudits now and Shelvey will be in the limelight thanks to his England performances and praise. But for me, you should always watch Gylfi Sigurdsson. He has been unusually quiet this season but he is a class act and will be on a massive high from Iceland making the Euro 2016 finals and that will come out on Saturday."
"3-1 to the Swans, I am optimistic all times now"
Thank you to Phil for taking the time out to answer those questions. Good luck to Swansea for the rest of the
season, after Saturday's game!