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Transfer Rater: Llorente to Chelsea

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Transfer Rater: Wilfried Bony to Swansea

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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Is Abraham good enough for Chelsea? Maybe not, but when will they find out?

The guys respond to your tweets about Tammy Abraham, Milan's loss to Inter and Manchester City's dominant start.

Tammy Abraham might have been Chelsea's saviour -- a young forward who could have galvanised a club searching for answers as hopes of retaining last season's Premier League title fade. But he can't be. Not this season, at least.

Abraham, just older than Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, is on loan at Swansea City for the 2017-18 campaign, and the 20-year-old has scored four league goals in eight matches. His parent club Chelsea, meanwhile, are praying that a hamstring problem for Alvaro Mortata,...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

How can clubs avoid the Premier League relegation battle?

Ian Darke weighs in on Crystal Palace's winless and goalless start to the Premier League season.

After seven rounds of matches, the relegation situation is taking shape in the Premier League. While Crystal Palace's historic awfulness takes the headlines, there are plenty of others looking over their shoulders, including recent champions Leicester and Everton who, after a summer of spending, would have aspired for the top four.

ESPN FC assesses the bottom 10 clubs' credentials in reverse order (20-11).

Crystal Palace - 0 points

What sends them down?

Irredeemable damage may already have been...

The player who never gave up Prem dream: Courtney Baker-Richardson

Courtney Baker-Richardson
Courtney Baker-Richardson signed for Swansea this summer.

Just 0.012 percent of players in the organised youth game make it into Premier League, according to Michael Calvin's new book, "No Hunger in Paradise." But the story of Swansea striker Courtney Baker-Richardson is surely enough to restore the faith of any youngster dreaming of playing in the top flight.

The 21-year-old had spells at seven different non-league clubs -- he went on loan to Tamworth and Ilkeston, and then tried to make his name at Torquay, Kidderminster, Romulus, Nuneaton, Redditch,...

 By Chris Wright

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony sings his own song for second initiation

After a couple of lean years at Man City and Stoke respectively, Wilfried Bony returned to Swansea on transfer deadline day in a £12 million deal.

Two substitute appearances later and the Ivory Coast striker was finally made to perform his second initiation song at the Welsh club.

No prizes for guessing what ditty he chose to entertain his teammates with.

Sung to the tune of "Cum On Feel The Noize" by Slade, Bony's chant has proved to be a huge hit at the Swans, most notably with Bony himself.

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Swansea's defensive display shows the progress made under Clement

Tottenham had another frustrating performance at Wembley as they were held to a scoreless deadlock by Swansea.
Paul Clement discusses Swansea's unlikely draw with Spurs at Wembley and why their defending should be looked on positively.
Mauricio Pochettino adamantly explains Spurs' need to cleanse themselves of last season to focus solely on this campaign.

LONDON -- It wasn't pretty to watch, it certainly wasn't exciting and it's highly doubtful that it will remain long in the minds of anyone who was present, but Swansea City's defensive masterclass at Wembley on Saturday evening deserves credit.

Up against a Tottenham side that had wreaked havoc upon Borussia Dortmund in midweek, Paul Clement's men defended their goal stoutly and earned their point the hard way. Given how often it is claimed that the art of defending is dead, it would churlish not...

Swansea have a steal in Renato Sanches given his abundant potential

Stevie Nicol feels Swansea's Paul Clement could be the man to turn around Renato Sanches' career.

Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain was certainly the biggest transfer of the summer, but there's no doubt as to what was the most surprising deal in the window.

Renato Sanches was the hottest property in Europe just 18 months ago, a player hotly pursued by the likes of Manchester United and AC Milan before finally signing for Bayern Munich in May 2016. This weekend, he'll be lining up for Swansea City, a club that was sliding into what appeared to be a relegation battle while Sanches was getting...